Attitudes toward mental illness: recognition, desired social distance, expected burden and negative influence on mental health among Turkish freshmen

Eker, Deniz
Attitudes toward three types of disorders and a normal subject portrayed in vignettes were assessed among university students. The variables assessed were: perception of mental illness in the vignettes; desired social distance; emotional and physical burden expected; and expected negative influence on one's mental health from association with the type of persons portrayed in the vignettes. Analysis revealed that, in terms of variables assessed, the most “negative” ratings were recorded for the paranoid schizophrenic case and the most “positive” recorded for the normal subject. The simple schizophrenia and the anxiety neurosis/depression cases fell between the other two cases. Finally, with a few exceptions, all the variables assessed were significantly correlated with each other.
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D. Eker, “Attitudes toward mental illness: recognition, desired social distance, expected burden and negative influence on mental health among Turkish freshmen,” Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, pp. 146–150, 1989, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: