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A SHORT -REPORTING ON PSYCHOLOGICAL 
REACTION TO TERMINAL DISEASE. 
SHARMA, Pooja (Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre) 

A clinical psychologist's major task is to provide supportive therapy to the terminally ill cancer patients, to endure physical and mental agony. The reactions of patients, underlying dynamics, personality and awareness, about the disease of the individual suffering as well as their socio-cultural aspects were studied. It also focused on the medical and paramedical staff's role to stabilise the patient to go through the therapeutic process. Understanding the significance of death and life also needs to be facilitated.


CONTENTMENT AND WELL BEING: 
SOME INDIAN RESOLUTIONS 
SINGH, Jitendra K. & Misra, G. (University of Delhi) 

Well being is often treated as an incremental function of possessions. However, there is little evidence to support any linear relationship between increase in material comfort and mental health and well-being. The Indian tradition of self-understanding emphasizes on assimilation as well as accommodation. We have two aspects of selfhood i.e. transcendental self (atman) and bodily self (ahamkar). Realizing true self demands an understanding of the limitations of transitory self and the meaning of identification with transcendental self. This is possible only through a process of balancing in which contentment plays a crucial role. Relating to community society/ atman becomes possible only through experiencing contentment. The paper presents empirical evidence indicating the connection of contentment with well-being in different groups. Implications of the findings for well-being are indicated.


EMERGING CHALLENGES IN PSYCHIATRY: 
FOCUS ON CHILD AND FAMILY MENTAL HEALTH 
SINGH, Rajiv K. (Lady Harding Medical College) 

Children less than fifteen years of age constitute about one-third of the population of the world and have been estimated to form about 40 per cent of the Indian population. It is almost a cliche to say that the future of any society or country depends on a healthy child population. Although big strides have been made in the area of physical health needs, as also the mental health aspects of the family - the crucible within which the child grows, it has been estimated that 5 to 15 percent of children are likely to suffer from some significant mental disorder. Breakdown of social systems, urbanisation and industrialisation have also taken their toll, and strains are visible in society as a consequence of these pressures. There is an urgent need for professionals working with children and families to generate research and to forge organisations so that they can become effective advocates for the needs and rights of their clients and patients. There is lack of epidemiological data in the area of child psychiatry and family psychiatry. This article would further focus on training in the area of child psychiatry and family therapy; deficiencies would be highlighted.


AN ANALYSIS OF MEDIA REPORTED MATERIAL TO EXPLORE 
IMPLICATIONS OF MODERNIZED URBAN LIVING. 
SINGH, Tej Bahadur (IHBAS, Shahdara, Delhi) 

News items, features, articles published in the last 10 to 12 years were collected systematically from two leading National News Papers on regular basis along with other relevant material published in other periodicals to explore issues of concern, known to be on the rise, due to modernized urban living, industrialization and rapid social changes. These issues were crime, marital disharmony, family disintegration, care of aged persons, media and advertising, early age and sexual experiences, need of sex education, changing sexual orientation, obscenity and vulgarity in films. Observations based on analysis of these collected items have been discussed as markers indicating some of the aforesaid social evils of present day mechanized urban living, which needs professional attention to take up preventive and remedial measures.


EXPERIENCING STRESS IN THE ACEDEMIA 
TRIPATHI, K.N. (Barakatullah University) 

This paper analyzes the stresses experienced in the academic world of universities. It is argued that the structure and functioning of Indian universities by and large presents a complex situation in which work under load, red tapism in administration, boredom, lack of sharing and cooperation, relationship orientation and resistance to innovation constitute major sources of stress. The consequences of this situation include investment of personal resources in academically non-productive activities, brain drain and alienation. In order to respond to these challenges the possibility of institutional restructuring is explored.


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