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Table 2 The results of PDD (n = 1087)

From: Evaluation of attitudes and knowledge toward mental disorders in a sample of the Chinese population using a web-based approach

Items Strongly agree (n, %) Agree (n, %) Unsure (n, %) Disagree (n, %) Strongly disagree (n, %)
1. Most people would accept a former mental patient as a close friend. 49 (4.5) 149 (13.7) 545 (50.1) 253 (23.3) 91 (8.4)
2. Most people believe that a person who has been in a mental hospital is just as intelligent as the average person. 123 (11.3) 300 (27.6) 418 (38.5) 187 (17.2) 59 (5.4)
3. Most people believe that a former mental patient is just as trustworthy as the average citizen. 92 (8.5) 259 (23.8) 422 (38.8) 249 (22.9) 65 (6.0)
4. Most people would accept a fully recovered former mental patient as a teacher of young children in a public school. 98 (9.0) 285 (26.2) 286 (26.3) 258 (23.7) 160 (14.7)
5. Most people believe that entering a mental hospital is a sign of personal failure. 23 (2.1) 120 (11.0) 213 (19.6) 357 (32.8) 374 (34.4)
6. Most people would not hire a former mental patient to take care of their children, even if he or she had been well for some time. 360 (33.1) 421 (38.7) 169 (15.5) 96 (8.8) 41 (3.8)
7. Most people think less of a person who has been in a mental hospital. 116 (10.7) 397 (36.5) 256 (23.6) 233 (21.4) 85 (7.8)
8. Most employers will hire a former mental patient if he or she is qualified for the job. 73 (6.7) 198 (18.2) 455 (41.9) 268 (24.7) 93 (8.6)
9. Most employers will pass over the application of a former mental patient in favor of another applicant. 199 (18.3) 496 (45.5) 256 (23.6) 101 (9.3) 35 (3.2)
10. Most people in my community would treat a former mental patient just as they treat anyone. 83 (7.6) 311 (28.6) 440 (40.5) 209 (19.2) 44 (4.0)
11. Most young women would be reluctant to date a man who has been hospitalized for serious mental disorder. 365 (33.6) 443 (40.8) 208 (19.1) 53 (4.9) 18 (1.7)
12. Once they know a person was in a mental hospital, most people will take his or her opinions less seriously. 124 (11.4) 430 (39.6) 342 (31.5) 162 (14.9) 29 (2.7)