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Attitudes of Medical Staff Towards the Psychiatric Label "Schizophrenic Patient" tested by an Anti-Stigma Questionnaire


Filipčić, Igor; Pavičić, Dino; Filipčić, Aida; Hotujac, Ljubomir; Begić, Dražen; Grubišin, Jasmina; Đorđević, Veljko
Attitudes of Medical Staff Towards the Psychiatric Label "Schizophrenic Patient" tested by an Anti-Stigma Questionnaire // Collegium Antropologicum, 27 (2003), 1; 301-307 (međunarodna recenzija, članak, znanstveni)


Naslov
Attitudes of Medical Staff Towards the Psychiatric Label "Schizophrenic Patient" tested by an Anti-Stigma Questionnaire

Autori
Filipčić, Igor ; Pavičić, Dino ; Filipčić, Aida ; Hotujac, Ljubomir ; Begić, Dražen ; Grubišin, Jasmina ; Đorđević, Veljko

Izvornik
Collegium Antropologicum (0350-6134) 27 (2003), 1; 301-307

Vrsta, podvrsta i kategorija rada
Radovi u časopisima, članak, znanstveni

Ključne riječi
Attitudes; medical staff; schizophrenia; stigma

Sažetak
The aim of this research was to investigate the opinions and attitudes of medical staff towards schizophrenic patients. The research included three groups of examinees, 200 physicians of various specialties, 200 nurses and technicians working in Zagreb city hospitals, and 200 3^rd and 4^th year students of the School of Medicine in Zagreb. Previously validated anti-stigma questionnaire was used, consisting of 25 questions divided into three thematic groups, structured and adapted to the specific requirements of this study. The results were mutually compared and statistically analyzed by applying the chi 2-test. Significant difference (p < 0.01) between the answers of physicians and those of medical students was found in questions 2, 4, 5, 6, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 22, 23, 25, and between physicians and nurses/technicians in answers to questions 4, 15, 22, 23. Significant difference (p < 0.01) between the answers given by nurses/technicians and medical students was found in questions 10, 13, 22, 23. The results point to the existence of prejudices and stigmatizing attitudes in all three investigated groups. The most frequent reasons for stigmatizing attitude of students are based on fear and insufficient knowledge about mental patients and schizophrenia as a disease, while there are a high percentage of positive answers to the questions on rehabilitation and resocialization. The nurses/technicians also show a high degree of mistrust towards schizophrenic patients and mostly answer with "I don't know", thus presenting insufficiently formed attitudes about the mentioned problems. The physicians in their answers confirm fear, mistrust and stigmatizing attitudes towards schizophrenic patients found in general population in Croatia. The consequences of such attitudes are the low quality of life of schizophrenic patients, and slow, often incomplete, resocialization.

Izvorni jezik
Engleski

Znanstvena područja
Kliničke medicinske znanosti

Časopis indeksira:


  • Current Contents Connect (CCC)
  • Web of Science Core Collection (WoSCC)
    • Social Science Citation Index (SSCI)
    • SCI-EXP, SSCI i/ili A&HCI
  • Scopus
  • MEDLINE