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Attitudes towards mental illness, mentally ill people and deinstitutionalisation

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dc.contributor.author Basheer F en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T10:15:38Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T10:15:38Z
dc.date.submitted 1998 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/81142
dc.description.abstract The aim of this study was to assess the attitudes of community psychiatric nurses, mental health professionals and primary health care nurses towards mental illness, mentally ill people and deinstitutionalisation. The sample of this study comprised 38 community psychiatric nurses, 20 mental health professionals and 55 primary health care nurses, all of whom were from Durban, Pietermaritzburg and their surrounding areas. Each participant completed a biographical questionnaire, the Opinions of Mental Illness scale and Community Mental Health Ideology scale. Four focus groups on attitudes towards deinstitutionalisation, comprising 25 participants in total, were also conducted. Statistical analyses were computed using the Statistical Programme for Social Scientists. The quantitative results revealed the community psychiatric nurses, mental health professional and primary health care nurses generally tended to express neutral attitudes towards mental illness, mentally ill people and deinstitutionalisation. Significant differences in attitudes towards mental illness and mentally ill people were found amongst respondents in different categories of race, educational levels and treatment of a friend for a mental illness. The focus groups results revealed that while the community psychiatric nurses and mental health professionals were positive about the concept of deinstitutionalisation, they did not favour its implementation within the current South African economic and social contexts. Based on their fear of mentally ill patients, the primary health care nurses displayed negative attitudes towards the concept of deinstitutionalisation and were also cautious about its implementation within the current South African context. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Psychology en
dc.subject Psychopathology en
dc.title Attitudes towards mental illness, mentally ill people and deinstitutionalisation en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MSc en


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