School / Educational Psychology
Impact of Degree of Exposure to Terrorism on Psychological Well-being and Academic Performance of Students
MS/M.Phil. Clinical & Counseling Psychology (2009-2011)
Supervisor: Dr. Ruhi Khalid
The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of terrorism on psychological well being of youth of Pakistan. The research was conducted to see the differences between psychological wellbeing of the students having direct and indirect exposure to terrorism. Pre and post attack academic functioning of victims having direct exposure was also evaluated. The sample comprised of two groups of students (A & B) having 60 participants (30 boys and 30 girls) in each group. Group A consisted of participants having experience of direct exposure to terrorist attack and group B consisted of participants having exposure to terrorist attack though media. General health questionnaire (GHQ-28) and a semi structured interview schedule were used to assess psychological wellbeing of the students. Pre and post attack academic functioning of students (who had direct exposure to terrorism) was assessed through pre and post attack examination results. Results showed that psychological well being of students having direct exposure to terrorism was significantly lower than students having indirect exposure. Moreover, Pre attack academic functioning was better than post attack functioning. Girls had lower well being scores than boys. Implications regarding academia are discussed.
Excessive Internet Use and Academic Achievement of High School Students in Lahore
M.Sc. Clinical Psychology (2009-2011)
Supervisors: Dr. Ruhi Khalid & Dr. Farhat Nadeem
The purpose of the present study was to find out the relationship between excessive internet use and academic achievement of high school students in urban Lahore. The sample of the study consisted of 60 students (30 males & 30 females) from a private sector school. The participants were students of O and A levels. A self administered questionnaire containing items from Young’s Internet Addiction Test (IAT) was used for data collection. The results showed that heavy internet users have lower academic achievement than non heavy internet users. Moreover, males were heavier internet users than females. The study holds significant implications regarding academic performance among high school students.