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Happiness and Resilience among Young Physically Disadvantaged Employees in India: A Pilot Study

Authors:

Nishi Sinha ,

Department of Psychology, CHRIST (Deemed to be) University, Bangalore 560029, IN
About Nishi

Ms. Nishi Sinha is a post graduate in Psychology with specialisation in human resource development. Her research focus is on topics of resilience, happiness and protective factors in physically disadvantaged.

 
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Santhosh Kareepadath Rajan

Department of Psychology, CHRIST (Deemed to be) University, Bangalore 560029, IN
About Santhosh Kareepadath

Dr. Santhosh is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology, CHRIST (Deemed to be University). He is interested in research methods, solution focused questions, investigative psychology, resilience and structural equation modelling. He is the Principal Investigator for a Department of Science and Technology approved research project and a research project funded by Centre for Research, CHRIST (Deemed to be University). He is a member of International Positive Psychology Association and is also, professionally associated with Association of Solution Focused Practices-India, and voluntarily involved in community extension activities supporting AMMAPSYCDAC Society for Mental Health (Palakkad, Kerala) in India.

 

 
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Abstract

Purpose: The study aimed to examine and compare the happiness and resilience of disadvantaged employees and non-disadvantaged employees.

Method: The study sample included 37 young employees, between 20 and 30 years of age. Among them, 17 were with physical disadvantages of one type or the other, and 20 had no physical disadvantages.

Results: Mann-Whitney U test showed that there is no difference in resilience and happiness between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged employees. Among the non-disadvantaged employees, there is a relationship between happiness and resilience. However, among the disadvantaged employees, this relationship is not there.

Conclusions: Disadvantaged employees in the present sample do not differ from the non-disadvantaged in their happiness and resilience. However, it cannot be assumed that happiness is a contributing factor to the resilience of the disadvantaged employees. Also, it is not possible to generalise the results of the study due to the small sample size.

How to Cite: Sinha, N. and Rajan, S.K., 2020. Happiness and Resilience among Young Physically Disadvantaged Employees in India: A Pilot Study. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 30(3), pp.113–124. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5463/dcid.v30i3.829
Published on 27 Jan 2020.
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