Attitudes towards mental illness among health care students at Swedish universities : a follow-up study after completed clinical placement

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Attitudes towards mental illness among health care students at Swedish universities : a follow-up study after completed clinical placement
Author(s) Markström, Urban ; Lundvik Gyllensten, Amanda ; Bejerholm, Ulrika ; Björkman, Tommy ; Brunt, David ; Hansson, Lars ; Leufstadius, Christel ; Sandlund, Mikael ; Svensson, Bengt ; Östman, Margareta ; Eklund, Mona
Date 2009
English abstract
The aim of the study was to examine the changes in attitudes towards mental illness after theoretical education and clinical placement among students from university programmes preparing for different kinds of health professions. Three different questionnaires were used, measuring the level of familiarity with mental illness and attitudes towards mental illness in general and towards specific mental illnesses. The data were collected on two occasions, before the theoretical course and after the completed clinical placement. The result showed that the attitudes toward mental illness in general had changed in a less stigmatising direction after the clinical placement. On the other hand, attitudes toward specific mental illnesses did not show any major changes. A conclusion is that the clinical placement included in the university programmes to some extent could affect attitudes in a de-stigmatizing direction, possibly because of the interaction with persons suffering from mental illness and experienced supervisors.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2009.02.006 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Host/Issue Nurse Education Today;6
Volume 29
ISSN 0260-6917
Pages 660-665
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE::Psychiatry
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/9280 (link to this page)

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