Paper Information

Journal:   IRANIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY   FALL 2010 , Volume 16 , Number 3 (62); Page(s) 284 To 284.
 
Paper: 

STIGMA OF DEPRESSION AND ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH ATTITUDES TOWARD SEEKING PROFESSIONAL HELP

 
 
Author(s):  TAVAKOLI S.*, SHARIFI VANDAD, TAJ MAHSHID, MOHAMMADI M.R.
 
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Abstract: 

Objectives: The aim of this study is to evaluate the attitude towards professional help seeking and its association with stigma for depressive disorders in a group of university students.
Method: 407 students entered in this cross-sectional study from four different faculties of Tehran University and Tehran University of Medical Sciences. Level of Knowledge about Mental Illness Questionnaire, Attribution Questionnaire-27, and Attitudes toward Seeking Professional Psychological Help Scale were used to assess participant’s knowledge about mental disorders, different dimensions of stigmatization and their attitude to care seeking.

Results: The most common way of familiarity with mental disorders was “I have watched a movie or television show in which a character depicted a person with mental illness.”(30.7%). There was no relationship between level of familiarity and attitudes toward help seeking. Men had a more negative attitude and tended to think people with depressive disorders are dangerous and should be separated from the community. There was a positive correlation between positive attitude towards seeking professional help and three dimensions of stigmatization: pity, segregation and coercion.
Conclusion: Results of this study showed that there is an association between some dimensions of stigmatization and treatment seeking attitude. A more comprehensive assessment of this relationship could help to develop more effective strategies for destigmatization and reduce obstacles for patient’s treatment seeking.

 
Keyword(s): DEPRESSION, TREATMENT SEEKING, STIGMA
 
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