Effects of an educational program on public attitudes towards mental illness
Article first published online: 3 NOV 2003
Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
Volume 57, Issue 6, pages 595–602, December 2003
How to Cite
TANAKA, G., OGAWA, T., INADOMI, H., KIKUCHI, Y. and OHTA, Y. (2003), Effects of an educational program on public attitudes towards mental illness. Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 57: 595–602. doi: 10.1046/j.1440-1819.2003.01173.x
- Issue published online: 3 NOV 2003
- Article first published online: 3 NOV 2003
- Received 14 February 2003; revised 10 April 2003; accepted 20 April 2003.
- educational program;
- evaluation research;
- mental health;
- public attitudes towards mental illness;
Abstract The World Psychiatric Association promotes global anti-stigma programs. However, evaluation research is crucial to developing effective programs. The present study examined the effects of a lecture on mental health on public attitudes towards mental illness. Subjects were recruited from individuals employed by private companies and the government. Attitudes towards mental illness were measured using the Mental Illness and Disorder Understanding Scale developed by the authors and the Scale of Negative Attitudes Towards the Independence of People with Mental Disorders. Test scores obtained before and after the lecture were compared. The results demonstrated that scores on both scales improved significantly. The present study suggests the effectiveness of this type of educational program in reducing stigma attached to mental illness and disorder.