Table 1

Percentages of various stigmatizing attitudes overall and by gender*

Stigma Item

Overall

n = 2987

Gender

(Weighted %)

χ2(1)

P =

Male

n = 1525

Female

n = 1462


People with a problem like (x)'s could snap out of it, if they wanted."

17.00

23.4

10.3

90.48

<0.001

"A problem like (x)'s is a sign of personal weakness..."

9.8

13.6

5.9

50.64

<0.001

"(x)'s problem is not a real medical illness..."

8.5

11.3

5.7

29.64

<0.001

"People with a problem like (x)'s are dangerous."

21.9

22.2

21.5

0.23

n/s

"It is best to a avoid people with a problem like (x)'s..."

3.2

4.8

1.4

29.08

<0.001

"People with a problem like (x)'s are unpredictable..."

45.9

57.8

42.2

15.63

<0.005

"If I had a problem like (x)'s, I would not tell anyone."

13.6

16.1

11.1

16.07

<0.001

"I would not employ someone if I knew they had a problem like (x)'s."

22.1

29.1

14.7

87.68

<0.001

"I would not vote for a politician if I knew they had a problem like (x)'s."

39.5

48.4

30.2

102.02

<0.001


*Note: The responses "Strongly Agree" and "Agree" have been combined to indicate the presence of stigma. All chi square tests had one degree of freedom. n/s = not significant

Cook and Wang BMC Psychiatry 2010 10:29   doi:10.1186/1471-244X-10-29

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