Support workers' attitudes to mental illness: Implications for reducing stigma

Rebecca Tipper*, Deborah Mountain, Stuart Lorimer, Andrew McIntosh

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Abstract

Aims and method: We conducted an anonymous survey of support workers to examine attitudes to people with different types of mental illness. Scores were based on a previously demonstrated stigmatisation score. Results: A total of 133 questionnaires were returned, representing 27% of all possible recipients. Fewer than 20% of respondents considered people with schizophrenia to be dangerous, although nearly half thought that they would never fully recover. More stigmatising responses were demonstrated to alcohol and drug addiction than to other disorders. Clinical implications: Support workers who spend large amounts of time with people with mental illness, in particular schizophrenia, have a low perception of their dangerousness. This may have implications for planning further measures to reduce stigmatisation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-181
Number of pages3
JournalPsychiatric Bulletin
Volume30
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2006

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