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Title: Schizophrenia literacy: the effects of an educational intervention on populations with and without prior health education
Contributor(s): Thorsteinsson, Einar B  (author)orcid ; Bhullar, Navjot  (author)orcid ; Williams, Elizabeth (author); Loi, Natasha M  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2019
Early Online Version: 2018-11-16
DOI: 10.1080/09638237.2018.1521923
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Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 520302 Clinical psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology
Abstract: Background: Mental health literacy is an important predictor of appropriate help-seeking behaviour. Aims: This study investigated (a) the effects of an educational intervention on schizophrenia mental health literacy, beliefs about causes, discrimination, treatment, and attitudes that promote recognition, and (b) whether schizophrenia literacy would be higher in people with prior education in a health-related area than people without such education. Method: A randomised control design tested the effects of an educational intervention on schizophrenia literacy relative to a control group. Participants (N = 260; mean age = 31.18 years, SD = 11.43, female = 78.8%) answered a mental health literacy questionnaire, based on a vignette of a person with schizophrenia, before and after watching either an educational video on schizophrenia or a control video. Results: The intervention significantly increased schizophrenia identification and literacy, reduced personal stigma, and increased perceived discrimination in society. The health background group reported significantly greater schizophrenia identification than the no health background group. Participants thought help should be sought from health care professionals and through psychotherapy, close friends and physical activity. Conclusions: Targeted education can significantly improve the ability to identify schizophrenia which may have positive implications for reducing the time individuals take to seek help.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Mental Health, 28(3), p. 229-237
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1360-0567
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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