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Medical and nursing students' attitudes toward mental illness: An Indian perspective.
Invest Educ Enferm 2017; 35(1):86-94IE

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

Compare the attitudes toward mental illness between medical and nursing undergraduate students from a university in India.

METHODS

A cross sectional descriptive study was carried out among medical (n=154) and nursing undergraduate students (n=168) using Attitude Scale for Mental Illness (ASMI) questionnaire with six sub scales namely; Separatism, Stereotyping, Restrictiveness, Benevolence, Pessimistic prediction and Stigmatization. This was a 5-point Likert scale with 34 items to rate participants responses from totally disagree (1) to totally agree (5). The lower scores indicate positive attitudes toward persons with mental illness.

RESULTS

Our findings revealed that 54.5% of medical students versus 64.8% of nursing students have positive attitudes toward mental illness. While medical students have better attitudes against separatism and stigmatization, nursing students have more positive attitudes in benevolence and against pessimism.

CONCLUSIONS

An important proportion of medical and nursing students have negative attitudes toward mental illness. It is necessary to review and adapt the current curriculum to favor the positive attitude of future professionals toward people with these types of diseases.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Nursing, National Institute of Mental health and Neurosciences, India, pvijayalakshmireddy@gmail.com.Toowoomba Base Hospital, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, drtrohini@gmail.com.Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Institute of National Importance, Bangalore, India, nimhans@gmail.com.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

29767927

Citation

Poreddi, Vijayalakshmi, et al. "Medical and Nursing Students' Attitudes Toward Mental Illness: an Indian Perspective." Investigacion Y Educacion En Enfermeria, vol. 35, no. 1, 2017, pp. 86-94.
Poreddi V, Thimmaiah R, BadaMath S. Medical and nursing students' attitudes toward mental illness: An Indian perspective. Invest Educ Enferm. 2017;35(1):86-94.
Poreddi, V., Thimmaiah, R., & BadaMath, S. (2017). Medical and nursing students' attitudes toward mental illness: An Indian perspective. Investigacion Y Educacion En Enfermeria, 35(1), pp. 86-94. doi:10.17533/udea.iee.v35n1a10.
Poreddi V, Thimmaiah R, BadaMath S. Medical and Nursing Students' Attitudes Toward Mental Illness: an Indian Perspective. Invest Educ Enferm. 2017;35(1):86-94. PubMed PMID: 29767927.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Medical and nursing students' attitudes toward mental illness: An Indian perspective. AU - Poreddi,Vijayalakshmi, AU - Thimmaiah,Rohini, AU - BadaMath,Suresh, PY - 2016/08/03/received PY - 2017/01/31/accepted PY - 2018/5/17/entrez PY - 2017/1/1/pubmed PY - 2018/10/24/medline KW - attitude KW - cross-sectional studies KW - mental disorders KW - students, medical KW - students, nursing SP - 86 EP - 94 JF - Investigacion y educacion en enfermeria JO - Invest Educ Enferm VL - 35 IS - 1 N2 - OBJECTIVES: Compare the attitudes toward mental illness between medical and nursing undergraduate students from a university in India. METHODS: A cross sectional descriptive study was carried out among medical (n=154) and nursing undergraduate students (n=168) using Attitude Scale for Mental Illness (ASMI) questionnaire with six sub scales namely; Separatism, Stereotyping, Restrictiveness, Benevolence, Pessimistic prediction and Stigmatization. This was a 5-point Likert scale with 34 items to rate participants responses from totally disagree (1) to totally agree (5). The lower scores indicate positive attitudes toward persons with mental illness. RESULTS: Our findings revealed that 54.5% of medical students versus 64.8% of nursing students have positive attitudes toward mental illness. While medical students have better attitudes against separatism and stigmatization, nursing students have more positive attitudes in benevolence and against pessimism. CONCLUSIONS: An important proportion of medical and nursing students have negative attitudes toward mental illness. It is necessary to review and adapt the current curriculum to favor the positive attitude of future professionals toward people with these types of diseases. SN - 2216-0280 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/29767927/Medical_and_nursing_students'_attitudes_toward_mental_illness:_An_Indian_perspective_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.17533/udea.iee.v35n1a10 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -