The Opinions of Italian Psychology Students About People Diagnosed with Depression and Schizophrenia: A Comparative Study
Magliano, Lorenza, Schioppa, Giustina, Costanzo, Regina, Petrillo, Miriam and Read, J. 2017. The Opinions of Italian Psychology Students About People Diagnosed with Depression and Schizophrenia: A Comparative Study. Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health. 4 (2), pp. 147-157.
|Authors||Magliano, Lorenza, Schioppa, Giustina, Costanzo, Regina, Petrillo, Miriam and Read, J.|
This study explored the opinions about depression and schizophrenia among Italian psychology students, and whether students’ opinions changed during education. Of the 705 students who read a description of depression (N = 275) or schizophrenia (N = 430) and then completed a questionnaire on their opinions about the disorder, 490 made a correct diagnosis (depression = 243/275; schizophrenia: 247/430) and were included in the study. Compared to schizophrenia-group students, depression-group students: more frequently mentioned psychosocial factors and less frequently heredity among the causes; were more convinced about the usefulness of psychological therapies and less about pharmacotherapies; had more prognostic optimism; had lower perception of unpredictability and dangerousness. Compared to first-year students, fifth-year students (depression = 105; schizophrenia = 162): in both diagnostic groups more frequently cited heredity among the causes; in depression group, had lower perception of unpredictability; in schizophrenia group, had higher perception of dangerousness and more prognostic pessimism. More education about stigma should be provided to psychology students.
|Keywords||Stigma; Depression; Schizophrenia; Psychology students; Causal beliefs|
|Journal||Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health|
|Journal citation||4 (2), pp. 147-157|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1007/s40737-017-0087-8|
|22 May 2017|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||07 Jun 2017|
|Copyright information||The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40737-017-0087-8|
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