Table 2

Percentages of various stigmatizing attitudes by age*

Age (Weighted %)

X2(3)

P =

Stigma Item

18-24

n = 548

25-54

n = 1203

55-64

n = 1024

65-74

n = 211


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

22.0

18.9

12.6

14.0

28.17

<0.005

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

11.5

10.6

7.2

13.7

14.29

n/s

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

12.1

7.0

7.0

15.0

26.75

<0.005

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

17.8

23.9

20.7

26.4

11.45

n/s

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

5.2

2.7

2.4

4.3

11.48

n/s

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

45.8

43.5

47.4

52.4

7.31

n/s

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

10.4

14.5

13.6

17.1

7.96

n/s

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

23.8

18.9

23.9

27.7

13.33

n/s

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

32.7

37.5

42.6

54.4

35.53

<0.001


*Note: The responses "Strongly Agree" and "Agree" have been combined to indicate the presence of stigma. All chi square tests had three degrees 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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