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Acta Psiquiatr Psicol Am Lat. 1993 Jun;39(2):159-68.

[Beliefs on and attitudes toward mental diseases and the psychiatrist: exploratory study].

[Article in Spanish]

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  • Instituto Mexicano de Psiquiatría, México D.F.


Preliminary findings of a research carried out to determine the main beliefs and attitudes general public holds toward three closely related attitudinal objects (namely: Mental illness, the mentally ill, and psychiatrists) are presented. A questionnaire specially designed for this study was applied to a 150-subject sample from the adult general population of Mexico City. Subjects' information level was higher than expected. Their attitudes were also more positive than those foreseen: A majority of subjects recognized both the importance of mental illness, and the advisability of seeking qualified treatment. Nevertheless, information regarding causes, characteristics and course of mental diseases is lacking to a wide extent: In this connection, the need for developing education programs is emphasized.

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