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The Evaluation of the Attitudes of Psychology Students and Grads towards the Psychiatric Disorders and Dependence.

Nejla Yıldız, Oya Mortan Sevi, İlkay Soykal, Gürkan Odabaşıoğlu, Yasin Genç.

Abstract
Objective: The aim of this study to evaluate and compare the attitudes of 3rd/4th grade of psychology students and psychology grads/clinical psychology graduate students towards the psychiatric disorders and alcohol and substance dependence.
Method: The sample is consisted of 46 interns who applied to Surp Pırgic Armenian Hospital Psychiatry Clinic between the ages of 21-30. The participants were assessed using Stigmatization toward Alcohol Dependence Questionnaire, Stigmatization toward Substance Dependence Questionnaire, Beliefs toward Mental Illness Scale, and Self-Stigma of Seeking Psychological Help Scale. The scales scores of two groups were compared using Independent Sample T Test.
Results: There is not any significant difference in attitudes toward psychiatric diseases and addictive disorders between psychology students and grads (p>0.05). However, both groups have above average scores in stigmatization toward alcohol and substance dependence; below-average scores in stigmatization toward psychiatric disease and self-stigma of seeking psychological help.
Conclusion: Results shows that psychology and clinical master programs is needed to be included both teorical and pratical education programs to change the attitudes and beliefs of students toward dependence.

Key words: stigmatization, attitude, alcohol and substance dependence, psychiatric disorders, psychology students and grads.



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