Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Exploring stigmatizing attitudes toward mental illness in a midwestern long-term care facility
by Walker, Matthew S., M.S.N., Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing, 2013, 95; 1561036
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study is to assess the attitudes towards individuals with mental illness among the healthcare providers of a long-term care facility. It takes a quantitative, non-experimental, cross-sectional, descriptive approach to view relationships. Minimal research exists in this subject matter, and literature reviews suggest that negative attitudes toward mental illness exist among healthcare providers (Ahmead et al., 2010; Aydin et al., 2003; Bjorkman et al., 2008; Rao et al., 2008; Reed & Fitzgerald, 2005; Ucok, 2008; Ross & Goldner, 2009; Smith et al., 2011; Zolnierek & Clingerman, 2012). The Community Attitudes toward the Mentally Ill (CAMI) questionnaire was given to a sample of 51 long-term care employees. Data was analyzed by using the IBM Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 20.0, focusing on significant results concerning t-test, chi-square, and correlations in order to answer the research questions. Findings suggest a majority of the employee's attitudes in this long-term care facility were nonauthoritarian, nonsocial restrictive, and nonbenevolent. While there was no significant empirical support for differences in attitudes among RNs, LPNs, and CNAs, certain questions on the CAMI did provide significant results. Related to this there was also no empirical evidence for differences among the attitudes of departments, except when individual analysis of each question was complete. Correlational analysis showed relationships between various variables: education and seeking treatment for oneself, race and previous work experience, department and previous work experience, authoritarian views and gender, authoritarian views and education, nonsocial restrictive view and age, community mental health ideology and age, and community mental health ideology and department. Implications on future research and a discussion of recommendations to further decrease stigma in the long-term care environment are completed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mayville, Karen
Commitee: Capp, Sheila, Walton, Debra
School: Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing
Department: Nursing
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 53/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Health sciences, Nursing
Keywords: Chronic mental illness, Healthcare provider, Long-term care facility, Mental illness attitudes, Nursing home, Stigma
Publication Number: 1561036
ISBN: 9781321052084
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