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Correlates of relationship issues among youth: Findings from a large scale youth mental health promotion program in India

Pradeep Banandur, Gopalan Kalpana, Shikha G Pai, Mutharaju Arelingaiah, Sathya R Velu, Lavanya Garady, Jyoti M Koujageri, Sateesh L Sajjanar, M S Ramesh, Srinivas K, Gopalakrishna Gururaj

Background : Relationships and mental health have a bidirectional effect. The effect of relationships on mental health is stronger than vice versa. We analyzed two-year case records of 8595 beneficiaries aged 15-35 years attending youth guidance centres (Yuva Spandana Kendras) in Karnataka, India to understand factors affecting relationship issues.

Methods : Multivariate logistic regression was performed with any beneficiary reporting having a relationship issue as outcome.

Results : Occupation, marital status, health and lifestyle issues, personality issues, safety issues, gender, sex, & sexuality issues, suicidality, alcohol, and different emotions experienced,had significant association with relationship issues. Investing in health promotion interventions focusing on these precursors of relationship issues amongst youth seems strategic.

Conclusion : Our findings have implications for other states in India and other low-middle-income countries like India.

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