EFFECT OF EDUCATIONAL COURSES AND GENDER UPON MENTAL HEALTH OF POST GRADUATE STUDENTS IN KOLKATA

Sujata Saha

Abstract


Mental health or subjective well-being makes up an integral part of an individual's capacity to lead a fulfilling life,
including the ability to form and maintain relationships , to study , work or pursue leisure interests and to make day- today
decisions about educational , employment ,housing or other choices . Disturbances to an individual's mental wellbeing
can adversely compromise these capacities and choices, leading not only to diminish functioning at the individual
level but also broader welfare losses at the household and societal level. Social and psychological scientists have been
studying something positive in the domain of subjective well-being – individual's evaluations and judgement of their
own lives for about 50 years.(Keyes ,2006b). When factor analysed , studies showed that the manifold scales measuring
subjective well-being present the latent structure of hedonic well-being (i.e, positive emotions towards one's life) or
eudemonic well being (i.e positive psychological and social functioning in life; Keyes, Shmotkin & Ryff ,2002;McGregor
&Little ,1998;Ryan & Deci ,2001).Against this backdrop the paper examines that educational courses as well as gender
showed some impact upon mental health –the subjective well-being that constructed difference in the roles and
responsibilities of male and female college students from post-graduation in Kolkata. Three hypotheses were formed.
The findings spoke clearly about i a) Mental health varies according to the different educational course of the
students.ib) Mental health varies according to the gender of the students ic) There is an impact of interaction between
different educational courses and gender on mental health of the students. A two way ANOVA was conducted to find the
interaction effect of educational courses and gender upon mental health of post graduate students studying in Kolkata.
Results indicated a significant interaction effect of educational courses and gender upon mental health of the students
group.


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