The effect of a clinical posting in psychiatry on the attitudes of medical students towards psychiatry and mental illness in a Malaysian Medical School

Jaya Prakash Reddy, S. M K Tan, Azmi Mohd. Tamil, M. H. Shaharom, Rosdinom Razali, T. Maniam, Z. Z. Ruzanna, I. H. Minas

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Introduction: The stigma attached to mental illness and the mentally ill is a universal phenomenon and a major barrier to the provision of mental health services. Stigmatising attitudes among doctors themselves can result in compromised patient care. The aim of this research project is to study the impact of a clinical posting in psychiatry on the attitudes of medical students to mental illness and to psychiatry. This paper reports the results of the first phase of a longitudinal study. Materials and Methods: A total of 122 year 4 medical students responded to this study. The Attitudes Towards Mental Illness (AMI) and Attitudes Towards Psychiatry (ATP) questionnaires were administered before and after an 8-week attachment in psychiatry. Results: We found that students had somewhat favourable attitudes towards psychiatry and mental illness at the start of their attachment, with a mean score of 108.34 on ATP (neutral score, 90) and 68.24 on AMI (neutral score, 60). There was a significant increase in the mean scores of both scales following the psychiatric attachment for female students (ATP: P = 0.003; AMI: P<0.0005), but not male students (ATP: P = 0.435; AMI: P = 0.283). Conclusions: An 8-week clinical posting of fourth-year medical students in psychiatry was associated with an increase in positive attitudes to mental illness and to psychiatry among female students but not among male students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-510
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore
Volume34
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2005

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Keywords

  • Health occupations
  • Medical specialties
  • Stereotyping
  • Undergraduate medical education

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The effect of a clinical posting in psychiatry on the attitudes of medical students towards psychiatry and mental illness in a Malaysian Medical School. / Reddy, Jaya Prakash; Tan, S. M K; Mohd. Tamil, Azmi; Shaharom, M. H.; Razali, Rosdinom; Maniam, T.; Ruzanna, Z. Z.; Minas, I. H.

In: Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore, Vol. 34, No. 8, 09.2005, p. 505-510.

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Reddy, Jaya Prakash ; Tan, S. M K ; Mohd. Tamil, Azmi ; Shaharom, M. H. ; Razali, Rosdinom ; Maniam, T. ; Ruzanna, Z. Z. ; Minas, I. H. / The effect of a clinical posting in psychiatry on the attitudes of medical students towards psychiatry and mental illness in a Malaysian Medical School. In: Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore. 2005 ; Vol. 34, No. 8. pp. 505-510.
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