Attitudes of Japanese Pharmacy Students Toward Mental Illness

Authors

  • Marshalle E. Cates McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University,800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229
  • Jean T. Bright CVS, 602 First Avenue E, Oneonta, AL 35121
  • Hiroyuki Kamei Office of Clinical Pharmacy Practice and Health Care Management, Faculty of Pharmacy, Meijo University,150 Yagotoyama, Tempaku-ku, Nagoya, 468-8503, Japan
  • Thomas W. Woolley McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University,800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229

Keywords:

attitude, Japan, mentally ill persons, pharmacy students, social distance

Abstract

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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