Belief in a just world and attitudes towards mental illness
Harper, D. 2010. Belief in a just world and attitudes towards mental illness. Psychosis. 3 (2), pp. 145-147.
This study investigated whether a person’s belief in a just world (BJW) or knowing someone treated for a mental health problem was related to their attitudes towards those with a diagnosis of mental illness or to their beliefs about the causes of mental health problems. One hundred and seventy three participants completed a questionnaire measuring BJW, attitudes towards, and causal beliefs about, mental health problems. No relationship was found between BJW and attitudes, nor between psychosocial causal beliefs and attitudes. However, bio-genetic causal beliefs were associated with attitudes. Those who knew someone who had received treatment for a mental health problem had lower bio-genetic belief scores than those who did not. However, there were no differences between the two groups in BJW, attitudes or psychosocial beliefs.
|Keywords||attitudes; stigma; mental illness|
|Journal citation||3 (2), pp. 145-147|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Web address (URL)||http://hdl.handle.net/10552/1391|
|05 Jul 2010|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||02 Dec 2011|
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