Attitudes of Japanese Pharmacy Students Toward Mental Illness
Keywords:attitude, Japan, mentally ill persons, pharmacy students, social distance
Background: Studies have revealed high levels of stigma toward mental illness in Japan, but no study has been conducted with pharmacy students.
Aims: To perform an exploratory study regarding the attitudes of Japanese pharmacy students toward mental illness.
Methods: All students (n=669) at one Japanese pharmacy school were invited to participate in a survey that consisted of the Whatley Social Distance Scale, the Index of Attitudes Toward the Mentally Ill, and demographic questions.
Results: The response rate was 100%. All but two items on the scales received overall positive responses. Female students, final -year students, those who had experienced a mental illness, and those who knew a family member or friend who had experienced a mental illness held more favorable mental illness attitudes than students without those characteristics.
Conclusion: The students held generally favorable mental illness attitudes that were comparable to those previously reported in American pharmacy students.
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