Attributions and Implications of Interpretive Models of Mental Illness in Southeastern Nigeria

Mary Gloria C Njoku

Abstract


Mental illness is a highly stigmatized illness with minimal resources allocated to it in Nigeria. Individuals as well as families suffer from the social implications of having mental illness which includes reduced access to social network and job opportunities. The level of stigma associated with mental illness in Nigeria is suggestive of a mindset indicating that mental illness is primarily caused by the individual. The current study investigated the perception and attributions of individuals residing in Enugu, Nigeria, about mental illness and its causes. A total of 44 respondents participated in the study. Results showed poor knowledge of causes of mental illness and negative attitude as well as social distance towards persons with mental illness.

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Mental Illness; Perception; Attitude; Attributions; Stigma; Social Distance.

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Rivista di Psicologia Clinica. Teoria e metodi dell'intervento

Rivista Telematica a Carattere Scientifico Registrazione presso il Tribunale civile di Roma (n.149/2006 del 17/03/2006)

ISSN 1828-9363

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