Knowledge and attitudes toward mental health among people attending PHCCs, Iraq, 2018 : a cross-sectional study

Other Title(s)

دراسة مقطعية عن المعارف و التوجهات بين مراجعي مراكز الرعاية الصحية الأولية اتجاه الصحة النفسية-العراق 2018

Joint Authors

al-Rudayni, Riyad Shaltagh
al-Attar, Intizar Ibrahim
Idan, Imad Khazal

Source

Journal of Educational and psychological Researches

Issue

Vol. 17, Issue 66 (30 Sep. 2020), pp.669-682, 14 p.

Publisher

Baghdad University Centre for Educational and Psychological Researches

Publication Date

2020-09-30

Country of Publication

Iraq

No. of Pages

14

Main Topic

Psychology

Topics

Abstract EN

Mental disorders (MDs) are a common problem in Primary Health Care Centers (PHCCs).

Many people with serious MDs are challenged by symptoms and disabilities that result from the disease and by stereotypes and prejudice due to misconceptions about mental illness.

This study aims at evaluating the knowledge, and attitude toward mental health concepts and services and causes of the reluctance to seek those services among people attending PHCCs.

A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted.

The random sampling technique was used to include (10) of Directorates of Health (DoHs) coverage north, middle, and south of Iraq.

The study was executed in (50) selected PHCs, (5) PHCCs in each DoH involved randomly selected (30) people attending the (50) selected PHCCs from (15) years old and above distributed equally in both genders.

The total number of study participants was (1220) individuals.

Data was collected through a self-assessment questionnaire.

The Results revealed that The majority of people attending PHCCs believed that mental health is a fundamental aspect of human health.

In return, half of them had frequent physical complaints without access to properly diagnose and management and did not know the existence of mental health services in PHCCs, more than two-thirds of people who suffer from mental health problems were not seeking for medical assistance, and about a quarter of them believe that mental disorders are madness.

The research concluded that the knowledge and attitudes were still negative towards mental health.

These calls for great efforts to spread community awareness towards different mental health concepts and raise the efficiency of medical and health staff to provide mental health services in PHCCs

American Psychological Association (APA)

al-Rudayni, Riyad Shaltagh& al-Attar, Intizar Ibrahim& Idan, Imad Khazal. 2020. Knowledge and attitudes toward mental health among people attending PHCCs, Iraq, 2018 : a cross-sectional study. Journal of Educational and psychological Researches،Vol. 17, no. 66, pp.669-682.
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-970021

Modern Language Association (MLA)

al-Rudayni, Riyad Shaltagh…[et al.]. Knowledge and attitudes toward mental health among people attending PHCCs, Iraq, 2018 : a cross-sectional study. Journal of Educational and psychological Researches Vol. 17, no. 66 (2020), pp.669-682.
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-970021

American Medical Association (AMA)

al-Rudayni, Riyad Shaltagh& al-Attar, Intizar Ibrahim& Idan, Imad Khazal. Knowledge and attitudes toward mental health among people attending PHCCs, Iraq, 2018 : a cross-sectional study. Journal of Educational and psychological Researches. 2020. Vol. 17, no. 66, pp.669-682.
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-970021

Data Type

Journal Articles

Language

English

Notes

Includes bibliographical references : p. 681-682

Record ID

BIM-970021