The Perception of University Students on Mental Illness Patients

Lukman@Zawawi, Mohamad and Normala, Riza and Azlini, Chik (2018) The Perception of University Students on Mental Illness Patients. International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science, 2 (12). pp. 323-326. ISSN 2454-6186

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Lack of understanding about mental disorder among society has caused the mentally ill patients to suffer from social exclusion. Mental illness patient is often misunderstood as having a severe disease however society failed to understand that it is also associated with many other common mental illnesses such as dementia, anxiety disorder and depression.This study was conducted to determine the perception of society towards mental disorder patients. A total of 353 respondents which consisted of Sultan Zainal Abidin University (UniSZA) students were involved in this research. This study adopted a descriptive analysis approach by reporting the results of the study in terms of frequency and percentage. The instrument used for this study is a questionnaire. The researcher examines the students' perceptions towards mental disorder patients through two aspects 1) students’ perceptions towards the behavior of the mentally ill patient and 2) students’ perceptions towards the life of mentally ill patients. Thus, the results of the study on behavioral aspects showed that the majority of students agreed that mental patients behaved unknowingly (90.1%), while some students disagreed with the notion that mental illness patients have lower IQ (62.0%). In terms of perception towards the life of mental patients, the majority of 97.2% students agreed that mental patients need immaculate and thorough care, while 84.7% students disagreed with the outlook that patients do not have a good future. The results showed that UniSZA students have a negative perception of the behavior of mental disorder patients, however, reacting positively towards the perception of mental patients’ life.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mental Illness, Perception, Mental Patients, University Students, Behavior
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: Faculty of Applied Social Sciences
Depositing User: Rafidah M.Saaid
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2022 03:08
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2022 03:08

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