Nigerian secondary school childrens knowledge of and attitudes to mental health and illness
Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 07/11/2012
Dogra N et al. – Nigerian schoolchildren, as with Nigerian adults and young people in Western countries, show stigma towards mental illness. This may be underpinned by a lack of knowledge regarding mental health problems. Educational interventions need to be appropriate to area, age and gender to effectively improve mental health literacy, which in turn will influence attitudes and social distance. However, the fact that the schoolchildren were optimistic about recovery is a strength that could be built upon.