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Stigmatised attitudes towards the ‘stressed’ or ‘ill’ models of mental illness

  • Jason Luty (a1) (a2), Joby Maducolil Easow (a1) and Vania Mendes (a3)
Abstract
Aims and method

Tackling discrimination, stigma and inequalities in mental health is a major objective of the UK government. The project aimed to determine the effect of presenting a person with a mental illness as having either a biological illness or a disorder that arose from psychosocial stress to a randomised representative panel of members of the general public. The 20-point Attitude to Mental Illness Questionnaire (AMIQ) was used to assess stigmatised attitudes.

Results

Overall, 187 individuals returned their questionnaires (74% response rate). The mean AMIQ stigma score for the ‘ill’ group was 1.4 (s.e. = 0.3; n = 94). The mean AMIQ score for the ‘stress’ group was 0.5 (s.e. = 0.3; median n = 106; P = 0.0837, median difference = 1; power (for 5% significance) 81%).

Clinical implications

There was no difference in the stigmatised attitudes towards a person with mental illness regardless of whether they were presented as biologically ill or as having an illness that was a response to psychosocial stress.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Jason Luty (jason.luty@yahoo.co.uk)
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Stigmatised attitudes towards the ‘stressed’ or ‘ill’ models of mental illness

  • Jason Luty (a1) (a2), Joby Maducolil Easow (a1) and Vania Mendes (a3)
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