Objectives: It has been argued that electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is underused because of lack of knowledge and stigmatic negative attitudes toward it. Methods: The present study assessed and compared knowledge of attitudes toward, and willingness to undergo ECT among 227 participants from three groups: mental health staff members (N = 104), people with serious mental illness (SMI) (N = 61), and family members of people with SMI (N = 62). Participants completed questionnaires, which assessed knowledge about and attitude toward ECT as well as willingness to be treated with ECT. Results: Results showed staff members as most knowledgeable, with most positive attitudes, and most willing to undergo ECT. Family members showed less knowledge, a less positive attitude, and a lower degree of willingness, whereas people with SMI demonstrated the least in all three variables. Conclusions: Results suggest that attitudes toward and willingness to undergo ECT are influenced by the degree of direct impact and personal relevance as well as knowledge about it and attitudes toward it.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||International Journal of Mental Health|
|State||Published - 2 Jul 2020|
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- attitudes toward ECT
- family members
- knowledge and experience
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health Policy
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Psychiatry and Mental health