Awareness Level on Mental Illness Among Secondary School Students in Skudai, Johor
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
Volume 4, Issue 5, October 2015, Pages: 181-189
Received: Jun. 19, 2015; Accepted: Jul. 22, 2015; Published: Sep. 17, 2015
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Nik Murni Nik Mustafa, Language Academy, University Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Malaysia
Hadina Habil, Language Academy, University Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Malaysia
Noor Aireen Ibrahim, Language Academy, University Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Malaysia
Hanita Hassan, Language Academy, University Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Malaysia
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Abstract
Adolescents diagnosed with mental illness in Malaysia have increased these past few years despite various health campaigns and awareness programs organised by the government and private sectors. Thus, this research aims to investigate the students’ awareness level and perception on mental illness. Questionnaires have been distributed to 118 form four secondary school students in Skudai, Johor. Findings from the study show that most of the respondents are fairly ignorant of mental illness and they revealed that the promotion of mental health and wellness is still lacking in Malaysia. They also believed that mental illness is still being surrounded with stigma and discrimination over the years. Nonetheless, the respondents have relatively positive views on mental health patients and the illness itself.
Keywords
Awareness Level, Attitude, Mental Illness, Secondary School Students
To cite this article
Nik Murni Nik Mustafa, Hadina Habil, Noor Aireen Ibrahim, Hanita Hassan, Awareness Level on Mental Illness Among Secondary School Students in Skudai, Johor, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 4, No. 5, 2015, pp. 181-189. doi: 10.11648/j.pbs.20150405.12
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