Assessment of nursing students’ attitudes and stigma towards mental illness: A cross-sectional study
Journal of Nursing Education and Practice , Volume 10; doi:10.5430/jnep.v10n9p1
Abstract: This study aimed to assess nursing students’ attitudes toward mental illness in Saudi Arabia. The research design was cross sectional survey. A convenience sample of 315 nursing students. The attitudes towards patients with mental illness questionnaire (AMI) was employed. The results of analysis found that nursing students had favorable attitudes (social relationships) toward people affected by mental illness. Their AMI1 score was slightly higher than the neutral score 20.82. In addition, the findings suggested that students showed slightly affirmative attitudes of tendency to inform others in case oneself or a close relative being mentally ill. 10.50 was the score of AMI2. Nursing students had favorable attitudes towards mental illness despite having negative stereotyped attitudes toward mental illness.
Keywords: survey / attitudes / mental illness / nursing students / score / Slightly
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