Knowledge on myths and misconceptions about mental illness among adults (18-35 yrs)
Mental illness is an age-old problem of mankind as recorded in the literature of the oldest civilizations. The public view towards mental illness has been considered as negative, stigmatized, uninformed and fearful entity right from the ancient time till date which varies according to age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, tradition and education of the different community. Mental illness is believed to be associated with myths & misconceptions. Myths & misconceptions are any ill belief, mistaken thought, idea or notion and incorrect information regarding mental illness and its treatment. The study was conducted at Budhera and Farukhnagar, Gurugram. The population of the study consisted of adults (18-35years). A quantative approach Non-Probability convenient sampling technique was used to select the sample of 100 adults (50 adults in rural and 50 adults in urban community) residing in Budhera and Fharukhnagar respectively, Gurugram, Haryana. The collected data was analyzed by using descriptive and inferential statistics.The result shows that the adults of urban community have 0% poor knowledge, 4% average knowledge and 96% good knowledge on myths and misconceptions about mental illness. It also shows that adults of rural community have 0% poor knowledge, 74% average knowledge and 26% good knowledge on myths and misconceptions about mental illness. Hence, it was concluded that adults of urban community have good knowledge and adults of rural community have average knowledge on myths and misconceptions about mental illness.