Attitudes towards the mentally ill patients among a community in Tampoi, Johor, Malaysia, 2012 to 2013

S. Siti Zubaidah, Norfazilah Ahmad

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The attitudes shown by community towards the mentally ill patient can have implications for recovery. To gather robust evidence regarding community attitudes towards people with mental illness, a data collection is required. A cross sectional study was carried out to examine the community attitudes towards the mentally ill patients and its associated factors in Tampoi Town, Johor among 347 respondents. This study was conducted from June 2012 to June 2013. Community Attitudes towards the Mentally Ill questionnaire was used to examine public attitudes towards the mentally ill patients. Another questionnaire was used to determine media influence and history or experience with the mentally ill patients was administered by a researcher. The community in this town had a positive attitude towards the mentally ill patients. Benevolence attitude which represent the positive attitude has the highest mean score [37.13 (4.18)]. Social Restrictiveness attitude which represent the negative attitude has the lowest mean score [25.42 (4.82)]. Results indicated that race, educational level and previous experience with the mentally ill patients had a significant association with community attitudes towards the mentally ill patients. Meanwhile, age, gender, religion, occupation, income and media have no association with community attitudes towards the mentally ill patients. These results are expected to help the related parties in conducting various comprehensive and holistic programs or campaign. Specifically, medical social worker should be more sensitive to the public attitude toward the mentally ill patients so that they could recognize the contributing factors on negative attitudes and prevent them.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalMalaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine
Volume14
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2014

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Attitudes towards the mentally ill patients among a community in Tampoi, Johor, Malaysia, 2012 to 2013. / Siti Zubaidah, S.; Ahmad, Norfazilah.

In: Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, Vol. 14, No. 3, 01.11.2014, p. 1-7.

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