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Attitudes towards mental disorders and emotional empathy in mental health and other healthcare professionals

Gateshill, Georgina, Kucharska-Pietura, Kate and Wattis, John (2011) Attitudes towards mental disorders and emotional empathy in mental health and other healthcare professionals. The Psychiatrist, 35 (3). pp. 101-105. ISSN 1758-3217

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    Aims and method To compare attitudes towards mental disorders in professionals
    working in mental health and professionals working in different areas of medicine.
    Levels of emotional empathy in both groups were also investigated. In total, 58 mental
    healthcare professionals and 60 non-mental healthcare professionals completed our
    attitudes towards mental disorders questionnaire and Balanced Emotional Empathy
    Results The results reveal generally positive attitudes towards people with mental
    disorders in both groups. Non-mental healthcare professionals regarded people with a
    mental disorder as significantly more dangerous and unpredictable than did mental
    healthcare professionals. There was no statistically significant difference in emotional
    empathy between the two groups. Both groups cited illicit drug use as one of the most
    significant causes of mental disorder.
    Clinical implications Mental healthcare professionals and non-mental healthcare
    professionals show broadly similar attitudes and a similar degree of empathy towards
    people with a mental disorder. However, non-mental healthcare professionals regard
    people with mental health problems as significantly more dangerous and
    unpredictable. There is scope for further research including examining the effects of
    educational interventions.
    Declaration of interest None.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Health and Social Care Research
    School of Human and Health Sciences
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    Depositing User: John Wattis
    Date Deposited: 03 May 2011 11:35
    Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 01:38


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