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Asian Journal of Nursing Education and Research
Year : 2018, Volume : 8, Issue : 4
First page : ( 559) Last page : ( 560)
Print ISSN : 2231-1149. Online ISSN : 2349-2996.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2349-2996.2018.00112.X

A descriptive study to assess the knowledge about misconceptions regarding mental illness among the people attending the psychiatric OPD, SGRD, Hospital Amritsar.

Kaur Gurjeet, Kaur Rajwant

Assistant Professor, Sri Guru Ram Das College of Nursing, SGRD Medical Institute of Sciences and Research, Amritsar, Punjab

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Online published on 25 December, 2018.

Abstract

Many mentally ill people are the victims of stigma and misconceptions. This leads to additional suffering and humiliations. The knowledge of these misconceptions helps in management of mentally ill in our society. The present study was undertaken to assess the knowledge about misconceptions regarding mental illness among the people attending the psychiatric OPD, SGRD, Hospital, Amritsar. The objective of the study was to assess the knowledge about misconception regarding mental illness. The data was collected from 30 subjects by convenient sampling technique attending the psychiatric OPD with the help of misconception regarding mental illness interview schedule. Descriptive design was adopted for the study. The data was analyzed and interpreted using descriptive statistics. The major finding of the study revealed that more than half (60%) subjects had below average knowledge about misconception regarding mental illness, 33.3% had average knowledge and only 6% had good knowledge. The findings of the study revealed that majority below average knowledge about misconception regarding mental illness. It is recommended to conduct similar study on large sample of subjects and further can be conducted in community setting.

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Keywords

Mental illness, misconception.

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