Journal article

Associations between beliefs about the causes of mental disorders and stigmatising attitudes: Results of a national survey of the Australian public

Nicola J Reavley, Anthony F Jorm

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2014

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To examine the associations between beliefs about the causes of depression, schizophrenia, social phobia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and stigmatising attitudes towards people with these disorders. METHODS: In 2011, telephone interviews were carried out with 6019 Australians aged 15 or over. Participants were presented with a case vignette describing either depression, depression with suicidal thoughts, early schizophrenia, chronic schizophrenia, social phobia or PTSD. Participants were asked about their beliefs about the causes of these disorders and about their personally held stigmatising attitudes, stigmatising attitudes perceived in others and the desire for soci..

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