Table 2

Quantity and Quality of Social Contact (those who met someone with/without mental health problems [MHP])
People with MHP a (n = 102) n (%) People w/o MHP (n = 65) n (%) Fisher’s Exact Test (p-value)
1. How did you know the person you met did/did not have a mental health problem
 They told me 38 (42.2) 26 (44.8) 0.42
 Someone else told me 2 (2.2) 5 (8.6) 0.08
 I made an assumption 29 (32.2) 13 (22.4) 0.15
 Other 21 (23.3) 14 (24.1) 0.52
b2. Presence of facilitating conditionsc (agree strongly)
 Equal Status 35 (36.5) 15 (31.3) 0.08
 Common Goals 43 (42.2) 26 (40.0) 0.46
 Intergroup cooperation 45 (44.1) 28 (43.1) 0.52
 Friendship potential 23 (22.6) 8 (12.3) 0.07
3. How long did you speak with the individual you met? (asked at follow-up)
 Less than 1 minute 6 (15.8) 0 (0.0) 0.17
 1–5 minutes 18 (47.4) 5 (41.7) 0.32
 5–10 minutes 5 (13.2) 3 (25.0) 0.50
 10+ minutes 9 (23.7) 4 (33.3) 0.38
4. How well do you remember your conversation? (asked at follow-up)
 Very well 10 (26.3) 8 (66.7) *0.01
 A little bit 18 (47.4) 4 (33.3) 0.30
 Do not remember 10 (26.3) 0 (0.0) *0.05
5. Actions since event (asked at follow-up)
 Talked with others about event 5 (8.2) 2 (9.1) 0.68
 Visited website 29 (47.5) 10 (45.5) 0.16
 Joined Pledge 10 (16.4) 4 (18.2) 0.54
 Facebook/twitter 11 (18.0) 2 (9.1) 0.30
 None 11 (28.9) 2 (20.0) 0.33

a 102 people with mental health problems and 65 without mental health problems answered questions 1 and 2. The sample size was lower for questions 3–5 (n = 61 for people with mental health problems and n = 22 for people without mental health problems)

b can tick more than one

a facilitating social contact conditions refer tothe specific conditions theorised by Allport and Pettigrew as being associated with optimal social contact.

* p <0.05

Evans-Lacko et al.

Evans-Lacko et al. BMC Public Health 2012 12:489   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-489

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