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J. res. tradit. med. 2017; 3(4): 117-122

Behavioural Problems in Children - Methods to Prevent and Manage through Good Parenting and Ayurveda

Renu Rathi, Bharat Rathi, Dhiraj Sing Rajput.


Background: Behavioural problems refer to improper expressions of conduct, code or etiquettes. These are becoming more evident in recent years in rural as well as urban regions due to poor parenting. Ayurveda is not only a mere medical science but a life science too, which has widely described Sadvritta (good conduct) and Satvavajay (psychotherapy) which can be applied in this context. Aim: The review aims at highlighting the concepts of prevention of behavioural problems of children through various ways of good parenting by applying the principles of Ayurveda. Materials & Methods: The data collected for the present study was through classical literatures of Ayurveda from 2nd century BC to 4th century AD, journals and research works related to good parenting and child psychology and counselling experiences of the author. Observations: Major causes of behavioural problems in children includes genetic predisposition, environmental factors, parental neglect, Pragyaparadh (intellectual blasphemy) and Dushita Ahara (unhealthy diet regimen). If there is delay in tackling these problems at early stages, these may turn into psychiatric illness later. Achar Rasayan (measures to rejuvenate behaviour), Sadvritta, Satvavajaychikitsa are the measures of good parenting to make balance of Raja (Agitation)-Tama (Lack of concentration, laziness). Ayurveda also advocates the need of following good conduct in day-today life, which is essential to prevent behavioural problems. The measures adapted for parenting helps in prevention and cure of behavioural ailments at initial stage which require change in lifestyle of parents and children with inculcation of morals and good habits at later stages. Conclusion: In the nutshell, parenting, change in lifestyle and environmental issues are directly concerned with behavioural problems in children.

Key words: Ayurveda, Behavioural problems, Children, Parenting

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