Emotional reactions to the mentally ill are positively influenced by personal acquaintance


ARIKAN K., Uysal O.

ISRAEL JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY AND RELATED SCIENCES, vol.36, no.2, pp.100-104, 1999 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 36 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Title of Journal : ISRAEL JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY AND RELATED SCIENCES
  • Page Numbers: pp.100-104

Abstract

The study sought to evaluate whether personal acquaintance with a psychiatric patient increases or decreases stigmatization. Material and Method: The research was carried out in a Turkish university. The Social Distance Scale and the Affective Reaction Scale were completed by final year students. The subjects were then asked whether they have ever been acquainted with a patient with a mental disorder. Results: Subjects who had not been acquainted with a patient with mental disorder had a higher score on the Affective Reaction Scale than subjects who had been acquainted. Conclusion: This finding suggests that acquaintance with a psychiatric patient reduces negative emotions towards people with mental disorders. It is suggested that this result is related to the resolution of sensitization.