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Table 2 The public’s perception of the stigma attached to former mental patients in Tianjina

From: Mental health stigma and mental health knowledge in Chinese population: a cross-sectional study

ItemsAgree (%)Not sure (%)Disagree (%)
1. Most people would willingly accept a former mental patient as a close friend43.311.744.9
2. Most people believe that a person who has been in a mental hospital is just as intelligent as the average person47.713.039.3
3. Most people believe that a former mental patient is just as trustworthy as the average citizen47.013.939.1
4. Most people would accept a fully recovered former mental patient as a teacher of young children in a public school31.913.055.1
5. Most people feel that entering a mental hospital is a sign of personal failure (R)16.014.869.2
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 (R)
7. Most people think less of a person who has been in a mental hospital (R)
8. Most employers will hire a former mental patient if he or she is qualified for the job43.717.039.3
9. Most employers will pass over the application of a former mental patient in favor of another applicant (R)54.913.631.5
10. Most people in my community would treat a former mental patient just as they could treat anyone65.716.717.5
11. Most young women would be reluctant to date a man who has been hospitalized for a serious mental disorder (R)70.614.015.4
12. Once they know a person was in a mental hospital, most people will take his opinions less seriously (R)55.314.530.2
  1. Note: Respondents who endorsed the two points on either side of the mid-point of the five-point scales (values 1 + 2 and 4 + 5) were grouped together to the categories ‘agree’ and ‘disagree’
  2. R Reversed item;
  3. aPercentages were calculated after weighting