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Medical students' attitudes towards mental illness

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  16 April 2020

M. Burgic-Radmanovic
Affiliation:
Klinika Za Psihijatriju, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Hercegovina

Abstract

Negative attitudes towards person with mental illness can be marked as stigma. These attitudes are commonly negative, rejected and fearful.

Objective:

The goal of this survey is to explore medical students' attitudes towards mental illness and to estimate how their knowledge of mental disease can impact their attitudes.

Method:

In this survey is used questionnaire to estimate students' attitudes towards mental illnesses. Sixty- nine medical students of third year took part in this survey without any previous experience with mental patients, and forty-seven medical students who finished forth year and had experience with mental patients through lectures and practice.

Conclusion:

Medical students' attitudes are significant improved by taking part in theoretical and practical lecture about mental health. Their attitudes are less negative. It seems that knowledgement arises tolerance of mental diseases.

Key words

medical students, mental illness, stigma

Type
Poster Session 1: Mental Health, Caregivers Issues and Social Psychiatry
Copyright
Copyright © European Psychiatric Association 2007
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