Cultural Misconceptions and Public Stigma about Mental Illness

Authors

  • Ahmad B. Al-Rawashdeh
  • Rafi M. Alnjadat
  • Mohammad Bani Younis
  • Ahmad Rayan
  • Alaa Harb
  • Heyam Al-Aaraj

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i2.14615

Keywords:

Cultural Misconceptions, Mental Illness, Stigma, Patients, family, University Students

Abstract

Background: This study aims to identify the demographic and cultural correlates of mental illness stigma
towards patients and their family members from the perspectives of university students.
Methods: A descriptive, cross-sectional design was employed. A total of 398 students from four universities
participated in the study. They completed the demographic data questionnaire, the scale of cultural
misconceptions about mental illness and the Discrimination–Devaluation Scale.
Results: Results of independent t-test and one-way ANOVA indicated no significant difference in the levels
of mental health stigma towards patients and their families based on students’ gender, faculty and place
of residency. Previous history of family mental illness was associated with stigma towards patients and
their families. Old age was associated with few mental stigmas towards patients’ families. Various cultural
misconceptions about the causes and the treatment of mental illness were significantly associated with
mental illness stigma.
Conclusion: Addressing cultural misconceptions is crucial in reducing mental illness stigma.

Author Biographies

Ahmad B. Al-Rawashdeh

Assistant Professor, Al-Hussein Bin Talal University

Rafi M. Alnjadat

Assistant Professor, Jordan- Irbid, Al Balqa Applied University

Mohammad Bani Younis

Assistant Professor, Al-Hussein Bin Talal University

Ahmad Rayan

Assistant Professor, Zarqa University

Alaa Harb

Lecturer, The University of Jordan

Heyam Al-Aaraj

Lecturer, The University of Jordan

Published

2021-03-24

How to Cite

Al-Rawashdeh, A. B. ., Alnjadat, R. M. ., Younis, M. B. ., Rayan, A. ., Harb, A. ., & Al-Aaraj, H. . (2021). Cultural Misconceptions and Public Stigma about Mental Illness. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 15(2), 1873-1878. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i2.14615

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