Qualification: 
Ph.D, MPhil
preethamenon@am.amrita.edu

Dr. Preetha Menon currently serves as Assistant Professor (Sr. Gr.) at Amrita Darshanam- International Centre for Spiritual Studies, Amritapuri. She  is a Psychotherapist based at Coimbatore and former faculty at the Dept. of Psychology, Avinashilingam University for Women, Coimbatore, for over 8 years, involved in teaching, research and extension activities. Dr. Menon holds a Doctorate Degree in Counselling Psychology and has a number of publications in reputed international and national journals. She is also a Counsellor of Amritapuri Campus.

Publications

Publication Type: Journal Article

Year of Publication Publication Type Title

2017

Journal Article

Dr. Preetha Menon, “On a Thought Diet”, International Education and Research Journal, vol. 3, no. 7, 2017.[Abstract]


Research indicates that by a phenomenon called neuroplasticity, the brain is capable of rewiring as a result of continuous and persistent practice which manifests itself as a change in behaviour of the person. It can be inferred that a similar condition can be brought about by regularly following a ‘Thought Diet’. Going by the maxim, ‘We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think’, consciously and persistently having optimistic and proactive thoughts, one can change the brain wiring and attain a default positive orientation towards life which can have numerable benefits in all phases of life. A brief review of literature on neuroplasticity and the effects of negative and the positive thoughts have been included. The importance of spirituality in youngsters has been addressed. The article implies the importance of evolving training modules of ‘Thought Diet’ for youngsters and school children. The article includes recommendations for areas of future research and for current applied practice.

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2017

Journal Article

Dr. Preetha Menon, “Spirituality in Psychotherapeutic Practice”, International Education and Research Journal, vol. 3, no. 7, 2017.[Abstract]


The article attempts to ascertain the connection between spirituality and psychotherapy. All effective psychotherapeutic techniques imply lasting and holistic change in individuals which is spiritual in nature. It is suggested that secular psychotherapy and spirituality could complement each other without affecting the professional competence of therapy or attenuating the essence of spirituality. Spiritual values key to effective psychotherapy have been discussed. Empirical evidence has shown that spiritual values and behaviours can promote physical and psychological coping, healing and well-being in individuals. This finding has stressed the importance of viewing clients' spiritual values as a potential resource in psychotherapy. Suggestions have been presented regarding psychotherapist training and areas for further research.

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2017

Journal Article

D. Akartuna and Dr. Preetha Menon, “Bhagavad Gītā - a Storehouse of Psychological Capital”, International Education and Research Journal, vol. 3, no. 7, 2017.[Abstract]


The objective of this study was to identify the Bhagavad Gītā verses depicting Psychological Capital (PsyCap) components: hope, efficacy, resilience, and optimism. The Psychological Capital components in Bhagavad Gītā were identified with the help of translations, commentaries and interpretations. A review of literature was performed on Positive Psychology, Psychological Capital components and Bhagavad Gītā. Bhagavad Gītā can be seen as applying the PsyCap components in adversity, solving problems and directing the individual towards a goal-oriented life. Recommendations have been made on the importance of incorporating Sanātana Dharma texts, such as, epics and Veda, into education and research, to highlight their practical implications. This report suggests possible directions for focused research in developing psychological interventions to enhance psychological capital, using insights from Bhagavad Gītā.

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2015

Journal Article

T. K. Anurekha and Dr. Preetha Menon, “Self- Esteem in Married and Unmarried Female College Students”, International Journal of Scientific Research, vol. 4, 2015.[Abstract]


Marriage as an institution in Indian context seems to work as a moderator for self-esteem, especially among women. Parents of middle class households feel that their daughters are safer when married. The present study was doneagainst this backdrop to find out the difference in the level of self- esteem among married and unmarried women college students. The sample consisted of 82 college students (41 married and 41 unmarried). The data was collected from the various colleges in Coimbatore. The tool used was Rosenberg’s Self- Esteem Questionnaire. The results revealed that there is no significant difference in the level of self- esteem among married and unmarried women college students. More »»

2015

Journal Article

Dr. Preetha Menon and Ranjani, S., “Self-Esteem And Eating Disorders In Female College Students”, Global Journal For Research Analysis, vol. 4, 2015.[Abstract]


The Study on “Self-Esteem and Eating Disorders in Female College Students” was conducted as an attempt to find the relationship between eating disorder and self-esteem in the selected group of college students. From 6 colleges, 443 randomly selected female students from undergraduate courses (age range from 18 to 21) were screened for self-esteem and eating disorder. The tools used were the Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire and State Self-Esteem Scale. The results showed that eating disorder prevailed among the selected students; there was a statistically significant negative linear relationship between self-esteem and eating disorder of the sample. More »»

2015

Journal Article

Dr. Preetha Menon and Mathew, M., “Aggression and Prosocial Behaviour in Middle School Boys – A Multimodal Approach”, International Journal of Scientific Research, vol. 4, 2015.[Abstract]


The increasing incidents world wide of aggression amounting to crime towards women points at a very urgent need to combat the same. Research indicates that more than majority of the perpetrators of heinous crimes towards women are men who as young boys have had aggressive ways. The reported action research was an attempt to ascertain the effect of intervention based on Multimodal Approach on the aggression and prosocial behaviour of middle school boys (N= 75) in the age range of 12 - 14 years from a Higher Secondary School in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. Following the initial assessment of aggression and prosocial behaviour of the participants using Buss - Perry Aggression Questionnaire and Prosocial Personality Battery, intervention involving Multimodal Approach was administered for four weeks (5 days a week) with duration of 45 minutes per session. After four weeks, the participants were reassessed for aggression and prosocial behaviour. The difference in aggression and prosocial behaviour before and after intervention was statistically significant. The correlation between aggression, prosocial behaviour and the demographic variables were found to be statistically insignificant. Implications and recommendations for further research were suggested. More »»

2015

Journal Article

Dr. Preetha Menon and Kalaveena, V. S., “Emotional Intelligence And Academic Achievement Of High School Students”, Global Journal For Research Analysis, vol. 4, no. 7, 2015.[Abstract]


In the present study, ‘Emotional Intelligence and Academic Achievement of High School Students’, an attempt has been made to understand the relationship between emotional intelligence of a selected group of high school students and their academic achievement and demographics. The study involved 298 (54 females and 36 males in the age range between 13 to16) randomly selected students of VIII, IX and X standards. Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire – Adolescent Short Form (Petrides and Furnham, 2006) was used to assess the Emotional Intelligence of the students. The marks of two Term Examinations were collected from the school records. The results showed that there was no statistically significant relationship between emotional intelligence and academic achievement; there was a statistically significant relationship between emotional intelligence and place of living; there was a statistically significant relationship between academic achievement and gender. More »»

2015

Journal Article

Dr. Preetha Menon, “Mindfulness and Burnout in Matriculation and State Board School Teachers”, International Journal Of Scientific Research, vol. 4, 2015.[Abstract]


An attempt was made to understand the relationship between mindfulness and burnout in teachers of Matriculation and State Board schools involving 150 teachers (58 female and 17 male from Matriculation)(51 female and 24 male in State Board). Mindfulness Attention Awareness Scale and Burnout Inventory were used as psychological tools. The results showed that there was no statistically significant difference between mindfulness and burnout in Matriculation and State Board school teachers; there is wasa negative correlation between mindfulness and burnout in Matriculation and State Board school teachers.The findings of the present study would be helpful for other researchers in policy discussions and in the efforts to evolve modules to improve teachers' quality of work life and performance. More »»

2015

Journal Article

Dr. Preetha Menon and Banu, S., “Burnout, Anxiety and Mindfulness in Athletes”, International Journal of Scientific Research, vol. 4, 2015.[Abstract]


The objectives of the present study were to find the gender differences in burnout, anxiety and mindfulness in athletes and the correlations between them. One hundred and fifty athletes were selected by convenient sampling method from the Physical Education Departments of three colleges in and around Coimbatore. The sample consisted of 75 male and 75 female athletes in the age group of 18 to 25 years. The entire sample was assessed using Case Study Schedule, Burnout Questionnaire, Manifest Anxiety Inventory and Mindfulness Attention Awareness Scale. The results revealed that there was no gender difference in burnout, anxiety and mindfulness in the selected athletes. It was also revealed that for male and female athletes, there was significant positive correlation between burnout and anxiety; negative correlation between burnout and mindfulness; and negative correlation between anxiety and mindfulness. More »»

2015

Journal Article

Dr. Preetha Menon and , “In a Transphobic Society”, International Journal of Scientific Reseach, vol. 4, 2015.[Abstract]


The study on “In a Transphobic Society” was carried out with the objectives of (a) assessing the extent of transphobia in the participants (b) comparing the sexes on transphobia and (c) finding the relationship between transphobia and demographic factors such as sex, age and occupation of the participants. From in and around urban Coimbatore, 150 individuals (87 male and 63 female) in the age range of 19 to 55 were randomly selected. The participants completed the Case Study Schedule and Transphobia Inventory. The results indicated that (a) the participants on the whole were moderately prejudiced against transgender (b) there were no sex differences in transphobia (c) there was a statistically significant positive correlation at 0.01 level between age and transphobia and (d) there was a statistically significant positive correlation at 0.01 level between occupation and transphobia.Extensive research on various psychological and social issues related to transgender was recommended. More »»

2015

Journal Article

Dr. Preetha Menon and , “Sociability, Hardiness and Resilience in Mothers of Differently Able Children”, International Journal of Scientific Research, vol. 4, 2015.[Abstract]


An attempt has been made to understand the relationship between sociability, hardiness and resilience of mothers of children with special needs. The study was conducted at two special schools, in Coimbatore involving 75 mothers. The psychological tools used were Sociability Questionnaire, Dispositional Resilience Scale and Resilience Scale. Results revealed that (a) the participant mothers had medium sociability, moderate hardiness and moderately high resilience (b) there was statistically significant relationship between sociability, hardiness and resilience and some of the demographic variables of the participant mothers. More »»

2015

Journal Article

Dr. Preetha Menon and S, S. P., “Autosuggestion as a Mediator in Weight Management in Female College Students”, International Journal of Scientific Reseach, vol. 4, 2015.[Abstract]


A study was done to understand the mediating effect of autosuggestion in weight management in female college students. From three colleges and two women’s hostel in and around Coimbatore, 82 female college students who expressed their consent to participate in the study, who were overweight, devoid of health conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome, diabetes and hypertension and who did not come under the category of obesity were selected by random sampling. Group A had 41 participants and they underwent the intervention of Exercise+Diet+Autosuggestions; Group B had 41 participants and they underwent the intervention of Exercise+Diet. They completed WHO-5 Well-being Index (1998 version) before and after the intervention.The results indicated that there was a marginal but a statistically insignificant difference in the body weight of the participants in both Group A and Group B. There was a statistically significant difference in the well-being of the participants in both Group A and Group B. The results recommended longer periods of behavioural interventions incorporating psychological techniques for adherence to the regimen resulting in sustained weight reduction. More »»

2015

Journal Article

Dr. Preetha Menon and T, P., “Self-Esteem and Locus of Control in Married and Unmarried Women College Students”, Indian Journal of Applied Research, vol. 5, 2015.[Abstract]


A study was conducted to understand the dynamics of self-esteem and locus of control in married and unmarried women college students. The study involved 80 women college students (34 married and 46 unmarried) who were assessed for self-esteem and locus of control using Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale and Levenson Scale for Locus of Control respectively. Results indicated that there were no significant differences in self-esteem and in locus of control between married and unmarried college students. There are suggestions regarding research involving variables of social nature to understand the social dynamics of our culture. More »»

2015

Journal Article

Dr. Preetha Menon and Jose, T., “Effect of Conscious Parenting on Adjustment in Adolescents”, Indian Journal of Applied Research, vol. 5, 2015.[Abstract]


A study was done with the objectives of assessing the levels of adjustment and parentalbonding and ascertainingtheeffect of consciousparenting on a sample of randomly selected adolescents. The sample consisted of 35 students (18 male and 17 female) who were randomly selected after being screened for poor adjustment using AISS (Adjustment Inventoryfor School Students, (Sinha and Singh, 1998).These 35 students were assessed for parental bonding using PBI (Parental Bonding Instrument, Parker, Tupling and Brown, 1997). The mothers of the student participants underwent sessions on Conscious Parenting.After a stipulated number of sessions of 21 days, all the student participants were reassessed using AISS and PBI. The study revealed the following: the difference in mean emotional and social adjustments of the student participants before and after Conscious Parenting were statistically significant; there was a statistically significant difference in total adjustment before and after Conscious Parenting; the mean Parental Bonding of the participants before and after Conscious Parenting was statistically significant. More »»

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