TASK-ORIENTED STRATERIES OF SLUM WOMEN IN EVERYDAY LIVES; AS A REFLECTION OF PSYCHOLOGICAL EMPOWERMENT - An Ethnographic Study

Swati Sharma, Dr. Anita Gupta

Abstract


Abstract

Psycho-social research has investigated psychopathology for years and has focused on the prevailing abnormality statistics for slum women. But,  the recognition and receptivity towards  phenomenon which are symbolic of  effective  and positive cognition , which enable them to adapt and efficiently function in environment, and make appropriate decisions and choices to deal with everyday life stressors, has not been given much attention. This is resulting in literature gap, in terms of conceptualizing cognitions which are aiding adaptive functioning for slum women, despite the absence, of sufficient resources to facilitate survival and effective coping in their everyday lives.  Moreover it is vital to consider that the phenomenon of deviation and maladjustment runs analogous with the appearance of positive psychological orientation, potency and effectiveness of higher cognitive process, illustrating a trend of frontward movement, ultimately reflecting moments of augmentation and psychological empowerment among the primary care givers in slums.

With the same view, this study aims to draw attention of all stakeholders involved in mental health care for slum women towards coping strategies, which facilitate the phenomenon of psychological empowerment and psychological furtherance as well as, facilitate knowledge building in the context of understanding psychological empowerment and using task-oriented strategies as a tool to examine this phenomenon.

Based on the idea that psychology is a scientific study of behavioral responses which can be observed, this study attempts to examine task-oriented strategies of slum women in Delhi in a naturalistic setting. The design of the study is qualitative and ethnographic to maintain its ecological validity. Analysis is based on ethnographic field records, intensive observations and critical examination of literature and secondary data to suggest its findings.


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ISSN : 2251-1547