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

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 Start Page 284 | End Page 284

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.

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