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IP International Journal of Medical Paediatrics and Oncology


Medical risk factors including intelligence quotient associated with poor scholastic performance in regular school going early adolescent (10-12yrs) children


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Author Details: Nishitosh Nirjanjan, Veenu Agarwal, Mayank Rawat, Rani Srivastava

Volume : 2

Issue : 4

Online ISSN : 2581-4702

Print ISSN : 2581-4699

Article First Page : 170

Article End Page : 172


Abstract

Introduction: Identifying various medical conditions associated with poor scholastic performance (PSP) of adolescents is must before the remedial steps could be taken. The efforts should be moved beyond health care facility based approach. Children should be examined at school to pick these diseases even when these are inconspicuous.
Material and Method: Case control study including 150 children with poor scholastic performance were cases and 150 students of same school and same class but getting good grades were controls. Students were examined at school to detect these commonly found 6 medical conditions having proven association with PSP namely severe thinness, clinical anemia, impaired uncorrected vision, clinical deafness, bronchial astma and recurrent headache. These were independent study variables IQ was done only in cases (150) at Santosh hospital Ghaziabad by MIWISC battery test. Primary outcome variable was PSP. Chi Square test and odds ratios were calculated to know significance of association.
Results: significant association was found between all conditions and PSP except for vision problems. Around two third students in PSP group had normal to superior IQ scores.
Conclusion: A simple and focused school health programme done regularly will be able to target maximum number of adolescents and tackle these conditions long before these become apparent, so prevent harmful influence on learning potential.

Keywords:
Poor scholastic performance, Adolescents, Medical risk factors