A Comparative Study to Assess the Knowledge on Myths and Misconceptions about Mental Illness among Adults (18-35yrs) in Selected Rural and Urban Community of Gurugram with a View to Develop Information Booklet
Keywords:Mental Illness, Myths and misconception, Knowledge, Adult, Urban and Rural community, Information booklet.
Background: Mental Health is vital for the growth and productivity of every society and for a healthy and
happy life. Mental disorders account for nearly 12% of the global burden of disease. By 2020 they will
account for nearly 15% of disability-adjusted life-years lost to illness. The burden of mental disorders is
maximal in young adults; the most productive section of the population. However, they can affect anyone
regardless of age, race, religion or income. About one in four adults experiences a diagnosable mental
disorder in a given year. Mental illness is believed to be associated with myths and misconceptions.
Objectives: 1. To assess the level of knowledge on myths and misconceptions about mental illness among
adults in selected rural and urban community of Gurugram. 2. To compare the level of knowledge on myths
and misconceptions about mental illness among adults in selected rural and urban community of Gurugram.
3. To find out the association between the level of knowledge on myths and misconceptions about mental
illness among adults with selected demographic variables. 4. To develop and validate an information booklet
on myths and misconceptions about mental illness based on the identified needs.
Material and Method- A research approach for the study was quantitative approach; and comparative
descriptive research design was selected for the study. The study was conducted at Budhera village and
Farukhnagar of Gurugram, Haryana. The population of the study consisted of adults 18-35 years. Non
probability convenient sampling technique was used to collect the data. The data was collected from 100
samples using structured knowledge questionnaire and the collected data was analyzed by using descriptive
and inferential statistics.
Results: The study findings revealed that the majority of the adults of urban community i.e. 96% had
good knowledge followed by 4% average and no one had poor knowledge on myths and misconception
regarding mental illness. It also shows that the majority of the adults of rural community i.e. 74% had
average knowledge followed by only 26% had good knowledge and no one had a poor knowledge on myths
and misconception regarding mental illness.
Conclusion: It was concluded that adults of urban community had good knowledge and the adults of rural
community had average knowledge on myths and misconception about mental illness.