A study to assess the knowledge and attitude towards mental illness among adults at selected urban community, Pilani, Jhunjhunu district, Rajasthan
Shakti Singh Soni
As a worldwide phenomenon, no one is immune-mental illnesses affect people of all ages, cultures, educational and income levels. The studies conducted in developing countries have revealed that during their life time; more than 25% of individuals develop one or more mental or behavioural disorders. In 2019, about 450 million people were estimated to be suffering from neuropsychiatry conditions. There have been tremendous advances in our understanding of the causes and treatment of mental illness most of these treatments can be provided effectively by a general or community health worker by having good knowledge and altitude towards mental illness.
Methods: A descriptive study was conducted to assess the knowledge and Attitude towards mental illness among adults at selected urban community, Pilani, Jhunjhunu District, Rajasthan. Purposive Sampling technique was used to collect data among 40 adults.
Results: The study results showed that majority of an adult had good knowledge (47.5%), excellent knowledge (42.5%), and no onse had poor knowledge regarding mental illness. 92.5% of adults had favourable attitude towards mental illness. The study revealed a positives correlation between knowledge and attitude scores. No association was found between adults knowledge and selected demographic variables.
Conclusion: The study suggested that nurses can play a vital role in educating the peoples in relation to mental health and mental illness and its prevention.
Shakti Singh Soni. A study to assess the knowledge and attitude towards mental illness among adults at selected urban community, Pilani, Jhunjhunu district, Rajasthan. Int J Adv Psychiatric Nurs 2020;2(2):04-07. DOI: 10.33545/26641348.2020.v2.i2a.29