Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0167297
Title: Attitudes to mental illness and its demographic correlates among general population in Singapore
Authors: Yuan Q. 
Abdin E.
Picco L.
Vaingankar J.A.
Shahwan S.
Jeyagurunathan A.
Sagayadevan V.
Shafie S.
Tay J.
Chong S.A. 
Subramaniam M. 
Keywords: adult
age
aged
Article
attitude to mental illness
Chinese
community care
cross-sectional study
demography
educational status
ethnic difference
female
health literacy
human
Indian
Malay (people)
male
physical tolerance
population
prejudice
questionnaire
sex difference
Singapore
social behavior
social distance
social status
social support
adolescent
attitude to health
Mental Disorders
mental health service
middle aged
patient attitude
psychology
public opinion
socioeconomics
very elderly
young adult
Adolescent
Adult
Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Attitude to Health
Cross-Sectional Studies
Demography
Female
Humans
Male
Mental Disorders
Mental Health Services
Middle Aged
Patient Acceptance of Health Care
Public Opinion
Singapore
Socioeconomic Factors
Surveys and Questionnaires
Young Adult
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Citation: Yuan Q., Abdin E., Picco L., Vaingankar J.A., Shahwan S., Jeyagurunathan A., Sagayadevan V., Shafie S., Tay J., Chong S.A., Subramaniam M. (2016). Attitudes to mental illness and its demographic correlates among general population in Singapore. PLoS ONE 11 (11) : e0167297. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0167297
Abstract: Background Public attitudes to mental illness could influence how the public interact with, provide opportunities for, and help people with mental illness. Aims This study aims to explore the underlying factors of the Attitudes to Mental Illness questionnaire among the general population in Singapore and the socio-demographic correlates of each factor. Methods From March 2014 to April 2015, a nation-wide cross-sectional survey on mental health literacy with 3,006 participants was conducted in Singapore. Results Factor analysis revealed a 4-factor structure for the Attitudes to Mental Illness questionnaire among the Singapore general population, namely social distancing, tolerance/support for community care, social restrictiveness, and prejudice and misconception. Older age, male gender, lower education and socio-economic status were associated with more negative attitudes towards the mentally ill. Chinese showed more negative attitudes than Indians and Malays (except for prejudice and misconception). Conclusions There is a need for culture-specific interventions, and the associated factors identified in this study should be considered for future attitude campaigns. © 2016 Yuan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Source Title: PLoS ONE
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/166033
ISSN: 19326203
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0167297
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