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Public knowledge, attitudes, social distance and reported contact regarding people with mental illness 2009-2015

Henderson, C., Robinson, E., Evans-Lacko, S. ORCID: 0000-0003-4691-2630, Corker, E., Rebollo-Mesa, I., Rose, D. and Thornicroft, G. (2016) Public knowledge, attitudes, social distance and reported contact regarding people with mental illness 2009-2015. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 134. pp. 23-33. ISSN 0001-690X

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Identification Number: 10.1111/acps.12607


Objective To investigate whether public knowledge, attitudes, desire for social distance and reported contact in relation to people with mental health problems have improved in England during the Time to Change (TTC) programme to reduce stigma and discrimination 2009–2015. Methods Using data from an annual face-to-face survey of a nationally representative sample of adults, we analysed longitudinal trends in the outcomes with regression modelling using standardised scores of the measures overall and by age and gender subgroups. Results There were improvements in all outcomes. The improvement for knowledge was 0.17 standard deviation units in 2015 compared to 2009 (95% CI 0.10, 0.23); for attitudes 0.20 standard deviation units (95% CI 0.14, 0.27) and for social distance 0.17 standard deviation units (95% CI 0.11, 0.24). Survey year for 2015 vs. 2009 was associated with a higher likelihood of reported contact (OR 1.32, 95% CI 1.13, 1.53). Statistically significant interactions between year and age suggest the campaign had more impact on the attitudes of the target age group (25–45) than those aged over 65 or under 25. Women's reported contact with people with mental health problems increased more than did men's. Conclusion The results provide support for the effectiveness of TTC.

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Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors © CC BY-NC
Divisions: Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2016 15:20
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2024 19:18
Funders: Government Department of Health,, Comic Relief, Big Lottery Fund

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