Table 2

Student attitude changes towards people with mental health problems

Attitude statement1 Baseline positive ratings (n=469) One-week follow-up positive ratings (n=466) Six-month follow-up positive ratings (n=207)
1.Students were regarded as having a ‘positive’ opinion if they agreed with statement (c) and disagreed with the remaining four statements.
2.Attitude statements significantly more positive at 1-week follow-up compared with baseline (P <0.0001).
3.Attitude statements for students returning all three data-sets are significantly more positive at 6-month follow-up compared with baseline (P <0.001).
(a) People with mental health problems are difficult to talk to 182 (39%) 294 (63%)2 108 (55%)3
(b) People with mental health problems are likely to be violent 172 (37%) 324 (70%)2 110 (56%)3
(c) People can recover from mental health problems 323 (68%) 411 (87%)2 165 (83%)3
(d) People with mental health problems are weak and only have themselves to blame 418 (89%) 428 (92%) 181 (92%)
(e) People with mental health problems are unpredictable 50 (11%) 157 (34%)2 42 (22%)3