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Attitudes towards mental disorders and psychiatric treatment: changes over time in a Swedish population
Department of Clinical Sciences, Division of Psychiatry, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.
Department of Clinical Sciences, Division of Psychiatry, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.
Department of Clinical Sciences, Division of Psychiatry, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.
Högskolan i Gävle, Centrum för belastningsskadeforskning. Södra Lapplands Forskningsenhet, Vilhelmina, Sweden.
2008 (engelsk)Inngår i: Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, ISSN 0803-9488, E-ISSN 1502-4725, Vol. 62, nr 3, 192-197 s.Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
Abstract [en]

Over the years a lot of research of attitudes towards mental disorders, towards people with mental illness and towards psychiatric services and treatment have shown a persistent negative attitude. There are, however, few studies on changes over time. The aim of this study was to compare responses to a questionnaire on attitudes towards mental disorders and psychiatric patients and the perception of psychiatric treatment in a community in northern Sweden in 1976 and 2003. In 1976 a random sample of 391 persons 18-70 years of age were asked and in 2003 a new sample of 500 persons from the same community were approached with the same questions. There are considerable changes over time. In 2003, almost 90% agree to the statement that mental illness harms the reputation more than physical illness, compared with 50% in 1976. In 2003, 51% agreed to the statement "Most people with mental disorders commit violent acts more than others" compared with 24% in 1976. There is an apparent ambivalence towards psychiatric treatment. Whilst 88% would advice a person with mental problems to contact a psychiatrist, still 26% would not like themselves to be referred to a psychiatrist. We argue that improving treatment methods is as important as changing attitudes through accurate information.

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2008. Vol. 62, nr 3, 192-197 s.
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Attitudes, Mental disorders, Psychiatric treatments, Stigma
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-1997DOI: 10.1080/08039480801962855ISI: 000257583200004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-47949129268OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-1997DiVA: diva2:118659
Tilgjengelig fra: 2008-11-07 Laget: 2008-11-07 Sist oppdatert: 2016-10-28bibliografisk kontrollert

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