ATTITUDE OF THE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AND TEACHERS TOWARDS MENTALLY ILL, IN LAHORE, PAKISTAN
Background: Although, much is known about the attitudes and beliefs people hold towardsmental illness in the west, no such work has been done in the developing countries. It is difficult tomeasure the attitudes of the general public in developing countries due to differences interminology and concepts of the illness. However, majority of educated people in the developingcountries can recognise common psychiatric disorders by their western names. We therefore,decided to measure attitudes of university students and teachers in Lahore, Pakistan. This studywas carried out to assess the attitude of university students and teachers in Lahore, Pakistan.Methods: A survey form was circulated among the university students and the teachers in Lahore,Pakistan. Of the 300 survey forms 194 were returned. Results: Majority of the respondents heldnegative attitudes towards people with schizophrenia, depression and drug and alcohol disorders.Conclusions: The views held by the university teachers and students reveal negative attitudestowards mentally ill. Attitudes of those who knew someone with mental illness were similar tothose who did not.References
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