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A study of the influence of culture and gender on selected aspects of mental health among first year students at the University of Natal, Durban

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dc.contributor.author Goga F en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T10:15:45Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T10:15:45Z
dc.date.submitted 1999 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/81303
dc.description.abstract Given that the socio-cultural context affects attitudes and perceptions, culture and gender are factors that are considered to be appropriate to understand these patterns of behaviour. 153 students have participated in this study. Data has been gathered by means of a questionnaire. A culture and gender difference has been hypothesised for attitudes towards mental illness, etiology of mental illness, understanding of mental illness, coping behaviour and understanding of counselling. Significant cultural differences are noted in all areas while significant gender differences are found in all areas except attitudes towards mental health. Gender differences may be explained by social values, roles and stereotypes while cultural differences may be explained by an acculturation effect, possible under-reporting and differences in values and world views across culture. The implication of this research is that counsellors need to be aware of the issues of concern to students, need to incorporate this awareness in their understanding of students' responses to services currently offered; and, based on this, services and educational training of professionals need to be reviewed. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Psychology en
dc.subject Theory en
dc.title A study of the influence of culture and gender on selected aspects of mental health among first year students at the University of Natal, Durban en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en


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