Swami, Viren and Furnham, Adrian and Kannan, Kumaraswami and Sinniah, Dhachayani (2008) Beliefs about schizophrenia and its treatment in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 54 (2). pp. 164-179. ISSN 0020-7640
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0020764007084665
Background: Lay beliefs about schizophrenia have been extensively studied in cross-cultural settings, but research on ethnic differences are currently lacking. Aims: This study examined beliefs about the manifestations, causes and cures of schizophrenia in a multi-ethnic sample from Malaysia. Methods: In this study, 561 Malay, Chinese and Kadazan-Dusun participants rated 72 statements about schizophrenia on a 7-point scale. Results: Results showed that Malaysians tended to favour social-environmental explanations for schizophrenia. There were also ethnic and sex differences in these results. Specifically, Malay participants more strongly agreed that schizophrenia has a social cause, that treatment should affect changes at a societal level, that schizophrenic behaviour is sinful and that mental hospitals do not provide effective treatments. Conclusions: Lay beliefs about schizophrenia may serve different functions for different ethno-cultural groups, which have an influence on help-seeking behaviour Copyright 2008 SAGE Publications. All rights reserved. Not for commercial use or unauthorized distribution.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Culture, lay beliefs, Malaysia, schizophrenia|
|Research Community:||University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of|
|Deposited On:||29 Sep 2008 17:53|
|Last Modified:||05 Nov 2009 12:23|
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