The influence of information on social and occupational outcome in mental illness on the attitudes of students in turkey

Arikan K., Uysal O. , Senocak M., Dirican A., Oran O., Erdem I.

ISRAEL JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY AND RELATED SCIENCES, vol.37, no.4, pp.320-325, 2000 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 37 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Page Numbers: pp.320-325


Background. In this article, we have tried to evaluate the influence of a series of determinants of stigmatization of mental illness. Method: 700 final year students of a University in Istanbul were asked to read one of 14 different hypothetical case stories. The stories contained different combinations of characteristics assumed to play a role in stigmatization. Each vignette was presented to 50 students. The stories were collected after five minutes and the following scales were completed: Characteristics Scale and Skill Assessment Scale. Analysis was conducted on each scale. Results: We found a statistically significant difference among the groups given different hypothetical cases (vignettes). According to the post-hoc analysis, only the subjects given the vignette in which social and occupational outcome information were lacking showed statistically significant difference from the rest of the population. Conclusion: This study suggests that information on social and occupational outcome of mental illness influences the general perception of the mentally ill.