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Stigmatising Attitudes towards the Mentally ill: a Survey in a Nigerian University Teaching Hospital

dc.contributor.authorUkpong, Dominic Ignatius
dc.contributor.authorAbasiubong, Festus
dc.date.accessioned2014-10-02T10:57:24Z
dc.date.accessioned2018-10-27T10:24:09Z
dc.date.available2014-10-02T10:57:24Z
dc.date.available2018-10-27T10:24:09Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.citationUkpong, Dominic Ignatius and Abasiubong, Festus (2009). Stigmatizing Attitudes Towards the Mentally ill: a Survey in a Nigerian University Teaching Hospital. SAJP, 15(4).en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://localhost:8080/xmlui/handle/123456789/63
dc.description.abstractBackground: The burden of mental illness is particularly severe for people living in low-income countries. Negative attitudes towards the mentally ill, stigma experiences and discrimination constitute part of this disease burden. Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate knowledge of possible causes of mental illness and attitudes towards the mentally ill in a Nigerian university teaching hospital population. Method: A cross-sectional descriptive study of a convenience sample of 208 participants from the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Uyo, Nigeria, using the Community Attitudes towards the mentally ill (CAMI) scale. Information was also obtained on beliefs about possible causes of mental illness. Results: The respondents held strongly negative views about the mentally ill, mostly being authoritarian and restrictive in their attitudes and placing emphasis on custodial care. Even though the respondents appeared to be knowledgeable about the possible role of psychosocial and genetic factors in the causation of mental illness, 52.0% of them believed that witches could be responsible, 44.2% thought mental illness could be due to possession by demons, and close to one-third (30%) felt that it could be a consequence of divine punishment. Conclusion: Stigma and discrimination against the mentally ill are widespread even in a population that is expected to be enlightened. The widespread belief in supernatural causation is likely to add to the difficulties of designing an effective anti-stigma psycho-educational programme. There is a need in Nigerian to develop strategies to change stigma attached to mental illness at both institutional and community levels.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectCommunity attitudes towards the mentally ill scaleen_US
dc.subjectPerceptions of causes of mental illnessen_US
dc.subjectAttitudes towards the mentally illen_US
dc.titleStigmatising Attitudes towards the Mentally ill: a Survey in a Nigerian University Teaching Hospitalen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.coverage.geographicalNigeriaen_US
dc.departmentMental Healthen_US
dc.facultiesHealth Sciencesen_US
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dc.pages.totalpages5en_US


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