Post Mortem

how abusive are we?

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 11/15/2019 11:49:23 AM IST

 A study on the behaviour of the Nagas is explored by using the Life Functioning Assessment (LFA) scale. LFA is a contextual numerical measurementdeveloped to assess the potential abusive behaviour of a person, andalso to measure the intensity of abuse in that person.The study took three years from 2017 - 2019.The data is of 319 people as samples from different psycho-socialcondition. They include: inmates of a district jail, children of alcoholics attending Support Group Meeting, clients of Alcohol Use Disorder who had records of domestic violence, trainees of counselling,Novitiates, teachers and students of some schools, marital counselling clients, victims of domestic violence, victims of sexual molestation andclients being counselledfor various life’s challenges. Detailed information of the data samples is concealed to maintain anonymity.279 samples are kept in the control group. The remaining 40 samples in the experimental groupare studied through structured person-to-person psychological counselling conducted by the writer himself.

The Life Functioning Assessment scale is based on the following ten behavioural characteristics: namely(i) Express better through action than word (ii) Blame others for my problem or behaviour (iii) Often touchy or easily annoyed (iv) Feels worthless and depressive (v) Explosive or uncontrollable anger (vi) Dominant or controlling over others (vii) Need for respect

(viii) Possessive of loved ones (ix) Dependent on others(x) Past failure controls the present.The following characteristics are selectedas they are common denominators in contributing to anabusive behaviour. These factors however are not exhaustive. There are other behavioural factors that need to be studied for a comprehensive diagnosis.Each behavioural characteristic is observed in the scale of 1 to 10 wherein scale 1 is the minimum; 10 the maximum, and 5 the median of the rating. The LFA scale is designed to help a person see the over-all behavioural condition and thus seek appropriate intervention program at appropriate time. It serves as a window preview to the counsellors the psychological conditions of their client, and the specific behaviour(s) theclient needs to improve for a healthy living. Using the LFA scale, the following is the general behavioural condition of the total population:

i. Out of thetotal population,13% falls under first degreeclassification of the LFA Scale. Here, their behaviours are composed and acceptable, and thus considered excellent in terms of personal behavioural management.

ii. 24% comes under the second degree. Their behaviours are delicate but acceptable. They are on the borderline of becoming offensive.

iii. 35% falls under the LFA third degree scale. Their behaviours are intense and hence improvementis desirable.Theiragitated behaviour is already leading to occasional conflicts with others, display moderate-serious difficulty in social in-person functioning.

iv. In the fourth degree scale,26% of the people are considered volatile and thus improvement is needed in their behaviour. Their aggressive behaviour is already creating unhealthy environment around them, leading tofrequent conflict in therelationship. They havesome serious impairment in social functioning, andare sometimes hostile to others.

v. In the fifth degree scale, 2% of the populationare found to be hostile. They are antagonistic and showpersistent danger of hurting self or others.Such kind of personrequiresmandatory counselling for behavioural redress.

 From the perspective of counselling, 63% needs professional help to mend their potentially aggressive and abusive behaviour. Out of this, 28%who are in the fourth and fifth degree classification would require long term counselling of several months if not years, for cognitive-behavioural restoration. 


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