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Students’ Attitudes toward Working with Individuals Who Suffer From Serious and Persistent Mental Illness
College of Psychology: Faculty Articles
  • Elizabeth A. Goodwin
  • Ryan A. Black, Nova Southeastern University
  • Patricia J. Sweeney
  • William I Dorfman, Nova Southeastern University
  • Ronald F. Levant
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
8-1-2003
Keywords
  • Academic Achievement,
  • Behavioral Sciences,
  • College Students,
  • Higher Education,
  • Mental Disorders,
  • Students' Attitudes,
  • Student Experience
Disciplines
Abstract

A survey was conducted to examine the attitudes of students toward working with individuals who suffer from serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI). Nine hundred and fifty-four students working toward a degree within the behavioral sciences were administered a demographic and experience questionnaire, as well as an experimenter designed attitude instrument. We believed that students with greater levels of education and increased professional contact with SPMI would result in less favorable attitudes or desire to work with this population. Contrary to previous research, findings from this study indicated that students with greater amounts of professional contact and increased training with SPMI, and higher levels of education, resulted in more positive opinions and a greater willingness to work with the population

Citation Information
Elizabeth A. Goodwin, Ryan A. Black, Patricia J. Sweeney, William I Dorfman, et al.. "Students’ Attitudes toward Working with Individuals Who Suffer From Serious and Persistent Mental Illness" (2003) p. 1 - 19
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/william-dorfman/83/