Social and Emotional Adjustment Problems and Problem Solving Skills among Young Adults With and Without fathers

Author: Ayesha Yousaf

Supervisor: Faiz Younas

Degree: MSc

Year: 2011-2013

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present research purported to study social and emotional adjustment problems and problem solving skills among young adults with and without fathers. It was aimed to make a comparison of variables among adults with and without father. It was hypothesized that there was a significant difference in adjustment problems and problem solving skills among young adults and there was a positive relationship between variables. Cross sectional research design was used and through non probability purposive sampling, a sample of (N = 100) adults was selected. The Adjustment Inventory (Bell, 1938) and How Good are You at Solving Problems (Mind tools, 2013) were used to assess the problem. Correlation and Independent sample t-test were used to assess the results which showed significant difference in variables among young adults with and without fathers. Also a positive relationship between variables was found. It was concluded that adults without father had more adjustment problems and lower problem solving skills as compare to adults with father. The findings of this research can pave a way for seminars to improve adults’ problem solving skills and reduce adjustment problems.

Keywords: Adjustment Problems, Problem Solving Skills, Social Adjustment, Emotional Adjustment.

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