Mental Health Professionals’ Attitudes toward Mental Illness

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Pairpailin Buppha
Gobhathai Sittironnarit
Kamonnet Wannasewok


          The purpose of this research was to study the mental health professionals’ attitudes toward mental illness and their correlated factors. The subjects were 386 voluntary mental health professionals. The research instrument was the questionnaire consisted of 2 domains: personal data questionnaire and the Attitudes toward Mental Illness Tool (Professional Version). The data analysis was performed by using percentages, means, t-tests, one-way ANOVA and Pearson’s product moment correlations. The results of this research revealed that the most of sample had overall attitudes toward mental illness at a medium level (80.8%) and positive level (19.2%). Considering each aspect separately, majority had attitudes at a positive level in five aspects: promoting positive public attitudes, mental disorder, emotional reaction, perceptions about danger from patients, and ability of mentally ill patients. The attitudes of majority in the other four aspects at medium levels; hose aspects were: characteristics of mentally ill patients, efficiency of psychiatric treatment, characteristics of psychiatric hospitals, and psychiatry. Factors that had statistically significant associated with the mental health professionals’ attitudes were professions, workplaces, marital status, working experience and age. The results indicated that the mental health professionals’ attitudes were varied with their professional roles, working circumstances, and work experiences.


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