Table 3

Percentages of various stigmatizing attitudes by educational levels*

Education (Weighted %)

χ2(2)

P =

Stigma Item

High School or less

n = 971

College or Technical School attended

n = 1002

University

Attended

n = 1006


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

22.8

15.3

13.0

37.15

<0.001

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

13.0

9.6

6.8

21.84

<0.005

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

13.5

6.1

5.9

47.25

<0.001

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

27.8

23.1

14.9

48.45

<0.001

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

4.4

2.8

2.3

8.10

n/s

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

53.0

46.1

38.7

40.23

<0.001

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

13.3

13.3

14.2

0.45

n/s

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

24.9

21.1

20.5

6.39

n/s

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

43.1

40.3

35.1

13.45

n/s


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