Effect of psychiatric labels on attitudes toward mental illness in a Turkish sample

Int J Soc Psychiatry. Autumn 1994;40(3):205-13. doi: 10.1177/002076409404000306.


The influence of specific psychiatric labels and types of psychopathology on various attitudes were investigated in a sample (N = 84) of visitors of patients in a Turkish hospital. Vignettes representing two types of psychopathology with and without labels were used as the stimulus material and the attitudes toward those descriptions were assessed with the use of a questionnaire. Statistical analyses showed that labels had significant influence on recognition of mental illness, social distance, expected physical burden, and perception of treatment necessity. Type of psychopathology significantly influenced recognition of mental illness, social distance, expected physical burden, prognosis, and treatment choice. The results were discussed within the context of previous findings and the need for research pointed out.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anxiety Disorders / psychology
  • Anxiety Disorders / therapy
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Cost of Illness
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology
  • Depressive Disorder / therapy
  • Developing Countries*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / psychology*
  • Mental Disorders / therapy
  • Prognosis
  • Psychological Distance
  • Schizophrenia, Paranoid / psychology
  • Schizophrenia, Paranoid / therapy
  • Turkey
  • Visitors to Patients / psychology