University students' attitudes toward mental patients in a developing country

Eker, Deniz
A previous study showed that Turkish and American clinicians and first and fourth year Turkish psychology students were similar to each other in terms of their attitudes toward mental patients. In the present study, first year psychology, science, and medical students were compared to see whether psychology students had more favorable attitudes towards mental patients. In addition, the relationship between the medical students' degree of preference for psychiatry and their attitudes was examined. Analysis of the semantic differential responses revealed that the student groups were basically similar, but psychology and medical students were more similar to each other than to science students. Preference for psychiatry was significantly related to some of the semantic differential items. Possible explanations of the results were discussed and a need for further research was pointed out.
Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology


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D. Eker, “University students’ attitudes toward mental patients in a developing country,” Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, pp. 264–266, 1988, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: