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Prejudice towards People with Mental Illness: Measurement, Structure, and Antecedents in Mental Health Professionals and the General Population

Gunningham, Beth

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This study sought to create and validate a shortened version of the promising Prejudice towards People with Mental Illness (PPMI) scale and use it to measure and compare prejudiced attitudes in mental health professionals and in the general population. An additional goal was to examine the antecedents to prejudice towards people with mental illness. An online survey collected information regarding: ...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorGunningham, Beth
dc.date.accessioned2018-07-02T02:29:06Z
dc.identifier.otherb53507484
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/144662
dc.description.abstractThis study sought to create and validate a shortened version of the promising Prejudice towards People with Mental Illness (PPMI) scale and use it to measure and compare prejudiced attitudes in mental health professionals and in the general population. An additional goal was to examine the antecedents to prejudice towards people with mental illness. An online survey collected information regarding: demographics; mental health professional-related variables; prejudiced attitudes towards people with mental illness generally and towards people with schizophrenia and depression; and a number of proposed antecedents to prejudice. The proposed antecedents were constructs known to correlate with other forms of prejudice, such as racism and religious intolerance. These were: social dominance orientation; right wing authoritarianism; ethnocentrism; feelings towards other marginalised groups; personality traits of agreeableness and openness to experience; prior contact with people with mental illness; and political ideology. Four hundred and twenty-seven participants from the general population and 299 mental health professionals completed the survey. The shortened scales demonstrated construct validity through factor analysis and convergent validity through correlations with theoretically related variables in both groups. Mental health professionals demonstrated less prejudice overall than the general population. Attitudes in both groups were most negative towards people with schizophrenia and least negative towards people with depression. All proposed antecedents were correlated with prejudiced attitudes. These antecedents were also better predictors of prejudice than were any demographic or profession-related variables examined.
dc.format.extent1 vol.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCanberra, ACT : The Australian National University
dc.rightsAuthor retains copyright
dc.subjectMental Illness
dc.subjectPrejudice
dc.subjectPrejudice
dc.subjectStigma
dc.subjectAttitudes
dc.subjectMental Health Professionals
dc.subjectScale Construction and Validation
dc.subjectPsychometrics/Methods
dc.titlePrejudice towards People with Mental Illness: Measurement, Structure, and Antecedents in Mental Health Professionals and the General Population
dc.typeThesis (Masters)
local.contributor.institutionThe Australian National University
local.contributor.supervisorBizumic, Boris
local.contributor.supervisorcontactboris.bizumic@anu.edu.au
dcterms.valid2018
local.description.notesthe author deposited 2/07/2018, attempted contact with author via email was unsuccessful
local.description.refereedYes
local.type.degreeOther
dc.date.issued2018
local.type.statusAccepted Version
local.contributor.affiliationResearch School of Psychology, The Australian National University
local.request.emailrepository.admin@anu.edu.au
local.request.nameDigital Theses
local.identifier.doi10.25911/5d51436daed00
local.mintdoimint
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