Attitude Towards Mental Illness among the Adolescents in Selected Colleges of Udupi District

Jeeva, MV and Michelle, JM and Preethika, * and Manjula, * (2019) Attitude Towards Mental Illness among the Adolescents in Selected Colleges of Udupi District. Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, 10 (10). pp. 70-73. ISSN 0976-0245

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Introduction: Mental illness refers to a group of disorders that affect the way a person thinks, feels and acts.The attitudes of the general public towards people with mental illnesses have been described as negative,stigmatizing, uninformed and fearful.Objective: To determine the attitude of college students towards mental illness as measured by rating scale,to find the association between attitude and selected demographic variables like age, gender, religion, type of family, source of information and mental illness among the family members and to find the opinion about the informational leaflet on mental illness.Methodology: The study was carried out among 173 adolescents aged between 16-19 years from selected Colleges. The colleges were selected by simple random technique and subjects by convenient sampling.Results: Out of 173 subjects, (41.0%) were of 17 years old. Majority (52.0%) of the subjects were females and (90.8%) of them belongs to the Hindu religion. Majority (63.6%) were from nuclear family and all of them were from rural area. Most (39.3%) of them reported health personnel as the source of information.Only 2.3% subjects reported having mentally ill client in their family. Among 173 subjects, majority (54.9 %) had moderately favorable attitude and (45.10%) had favorable attitude. None of the subjects had unfavorable attitude. There was no significant association between mental illness and age (χ2 = 4.669; p > 0.05), gender (χ2 = 0.031; p > 0.05), type of family (χ2 = 0.119; p > 0.05), religion (χ2 = 0.554; p > 0.05),source of information (χ2 = 0.904; p > 0.05), and any family members suffering from mental illness (χ2 = 0.040; p > 0.05). Opinionaire on leaflet on prevention and management of mental illness revealed that,57.4% of them strongly agreed that it is a good source of learning, agreed that the leaflet gave them sufficient knowledge(61.8%) and the information was very useful(61.3%).Conclusion: The attitude of the adolescents were favorable towards caring for mentally ill People. Information leaflet will help in improving the attitude of adolescents towards mental illness

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Attitude; Mental illness; Adolescents and Informational leaflet
Subjects: Nursing > MCON Manipal > Community Health
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2021 10:36
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2021 10:36

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