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Awareness of schizophrenia and intellectual disability and stigma across ethnic groups in the UK.

Scior, K; Potts, HW; Furnham, AF; (2013) Awareness of schizophrenia and intellectual disability and stigma across ethnic groups in the UK. Psychiatry Res , 208 (2) 125 - 130. 10.1016/j.psychres.2012.09.059.

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Abstract

Research has examined the public's understanding of mental illness and stigma, but there is scant evidence on intellectual disabilities. This study investigated whether the public from different ethnic groups can recognise symptoms of schizophrenia and intellectual disability depicted in a vignette, and what factors predict recognition and social distance. A survey of lay people of working age was completed in the UK (N=1002). The sample was ethnically mixed, with the largest groups consisting of white UK residents, and people from Asian and black African/Caribbean backgrounds. Regression analyses were performed to identify predictors of recognition and social distance. Across the whole sample, 25.7% recognised schizophrenia and 28.0% intellectual disability. Ethnicity, gender, education and prior contact predicted recognition of both vignettes. Social distance was higher for schizophrenia than intellectual disability, but overall participants were ambivalent to mildly negative about social contact with individuals with either symptomatology. Familiarity was associated with lower social distance for both conditions. Symptom recognition predicted reduced social distance for intellectual disability, but not for schizophrenia. The low levels of awareness of symptoms and high levels of stigma among some ethnic groups indicate a need for targeted public education efforts and further research.

Type:Article
Title:Awareness of schizophrenia and intellectual disability and stigma across ethnic groups in the UK.
Location:Ireland
DOI:10.1016/j.psychres.2012.09.059
Language:English
Keywords:Adult, Cross-Sectional Studies, Ethnic Groups, Female, Great Britain, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Humans, Intellectual Disability, Male, Schizophrenia, Schizophrenic Psychology, Social Distance, Social Stigma
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care > CHIME

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