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Article: A questionnaire survey on attitudes and understanding towards mental disorders

TitleA questionnaire survey on attitudes and understanding towards mental disorders
Authors
Issue Date2012
PublisherHong Kong Academy of Medicine Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://easap.asia/index.htm
Citation
East Asian Archives of Psychiatry , 2012, v. 22 n. 1, p. 18-24 How to Cite?
AbstractOBJECTIVES. To obtain information about basic knowledge towards mental disorders and to evaluate public attitudes towards mental disorders in the Hong Kong Chinese population. METHODS. Questionnaires which collected basic demographic information, opinions about potential stigmas and myths, and knowledge on case vignettes depicting fictional characters with symptoms of mental illness were delivered to subjects in a secondary school, 2 homes for the elderly, a private housing estate, and a public housing estate in Hong Kong. RESULTS. Completed questionnaires were collected from 1035 subjects. In general, the participants' acceptance of mental illness was good. Regular contacts with such patients were associated with better knowledge (t = -2.71, p < 0.01) and better acceptance (t = 2.77, p < 0.01) of mental illness. Younger participants aged 15 to 19 years had a lower level of knowledge about mental health problems compared with other age-groups (p < 0.001). CONCLUSIONS. Personal contact with people with mental illness may help to improve knowledge and acceptance. Younger people in secondary school should be the target and prioritised group for mental health education. Apart from the delivery of mental health knowledge, strategies to increase social contact of the public with people having mental illness could be considered in the design and implementation of anti-stigma programmes.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/194751
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dc.contributor.authorSiu, BWMen_US
dc.contributor.authorChow, KKWen_US
dc.contributor.authorLam, LCWen_US
dc.contributor.authorChan, WCen_US
dc.contributor.authorTang, VWKen_US
dc.contributor.authorChui, WWHen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-02-17T02:06:08Z-
dc.date.available2014-02-17T02:06:08Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.citationEast Asian Archives of Psychiatry , 2012, v. 22 n. 1, p. 18-24en_US
dc.identifier.issn2078-9947-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/194751-
dc.description.abstractOBJECTIVES. To obtain information about basic knowledge towards mental disorders and to evaluate public attitudes towards mental disorders in the Hong Kong Chinese population. METHODS. Questionnaires which collected basic demographic information, opinions about potential stigmas and myths, and knowledge on case vignettes depicting fictional characters with symptoms of mental illness were delivered to subjects in a secondary school, 2 homes for the elderly, a private housing estate, and a public housing estate in Hong Kong. RESULTS. Completed questionnaires were collected from 1035 subjects. In general, the participants' acceptance of mental illness was good. Regular contacts with such patients were associated with better knowledge (t = -2.71, p < 0.01) and better acceptance (t = 2.77, p < 0.01) of mental illness. Younger participants aged 15 to 19 years had a lower level of knowledge about mental health problems compared with other age-groups (p < 0.001). CONCLUSIONS. Personal contact with people with mental illness may help to improve knowledge and acceptance. Younger people in secondary school should be the target and prioritised group for mental health education. Apart from the delivery of mental health knowledge, strategies to increase social contact of the public with people having mental illness could be considered in the design and implementation of anti-stigma programmes.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherHong Kong Academy of Medicine Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://easap.asia/index.htm-
dc.relation.ispartofEast Asian Archives of Psychiatryen_US
dc.rightsEast Asian Archives of Psychiatry . Copyright © Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Press.-
dc.subject.meshAttitude to Health-
dc.subject.meshMental Disorders - epidemiology - psychology-
dc.subject.meshMental Health Services - standards-
dc.subject.meshPublic Opinion-
dc.subject.meshSocial Stigma-
dc.titleA questionnaire survey on attitudes and understanding towards mental disordersen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailChan, WC: waicchan@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailChui, WWH: cwh687@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityChan, WC=rp01687en_US
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dc.identifier.pmid22447801-
dc.identifier.hkuros227846en_US
dc.identifier.volume22en_US
dc.identifier.issue1-
dc.identifier.spage18en_US
dc.identifier.epage24en_US
dc.publisher.placeHong Kong-

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