The relationship between demographic factors and attitudes toward mental health services

Philip J. Leaf, Martha Livington Bruce, Gary L. Tischler, Charles E. Holzer

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Abstract

Considerable effort has been exerted in recent years toward educating the public concerning mental illness and the efficacy of various treatment modalities. Most previous studies of attitudes have focused solely on attitudes toward the mentally ill. In this study we investigated attitudes toward mental health services and found that most people are positively disposed toward the use of these services. Attitudes toward the use of mental health services were affected by the age, sex, race, education, and income of the subjects. In general, differences of attitude lie in the direction that would tend to inhibit utilization among those most at risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-284
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of community psychology
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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