The purpose of the study was to examine the ‘emotional maturity’ among university students. The investigators had selected two hundred (N = 200) male and female subjects, out of which one hundred [N = 100] sportspersons (N = 50 male and N = 50 female) and one hundred [N = 100] non-sportspersons (N = 50 male and N = 50 female) who were studying in various affiliated colleges and campus of Panjab University, Chandigarh. Sportspersons were those who had participated in Inter-college and Inter-university competitions in various games/sports. Non–sportspersons were those students who did not participate in any game or sport activity. The age of all subjects was ranged between 18 to 26 years. To collect the required data for the present study, ‘emotional maturity’ questionnaire prepared by Singh and Bhargava (1988) was administered. t test was applied to determine the significance of difference and direction of difference in the mean scores of each variable between male sportspersons, female sportspersons, male non-sportspersons and female non-sportspersons. The results revealed significant differences on the sub-variable Social Maladjustment between male sportspersons and female sportspersons. However, no significant differences were found with regard to emotional instability, emotional regression, personality disintegration, lack of independence, ‘emotional maturity’ (total) between male sportspersons and female sportspersons. The results with regard to male non-sportspersons and female non-sportspersons revealed significant differences on emotional instability, emotional regression, social maladjustment, personality disintegration, lack of independence and emotional maturity (total).
Key words: Emotional maturity, male, female, sportspersons, non-sportspersons.
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