Knowledge, attitudes, and help-seeking behaviour for mental illness in a Christian community

South African Journal of Psychiatry

Field Value
Title Knowledge, attitudes, and help-seeking behaviour for mental illness in a Christian community
Creator Hlongwane, Nomthandazo Juby, Vidette
Subject Psychiatry mental health; knowledge; attitudes; Christian community; help seeking.
Description Background: Christian beliefs have a role in conceptualising mental illness, which determines help-seeking behaviour and treatment choices. The topic of mental illness is controversial in many Christian circles and is often avoided because of the beliefs and teachings stemming from the Christian faith. Inadequate and inaccurate knowledge about mental illness and its causes negatively impacts the attitudes towards mental illness, the mentally ill, and ultimately help-seeking behaviour.Aim: This study aimed to explore knowledge, attitudes, and help-seeking behaviour for mental illness in a Christian community.Setting: A descriptive, quantitative cross-sectional survey was conducted, comprising 300 congregants from a Pentecostal Christian charismatic church – Assemblies of God in KwaZulu-Natal.Methods: A socio-demographic tool was used to capture the relevant social, demographic, and religious information. Existing self-administered questionnaires were used to collect information in four areas: Mental Health Knowledge Schedule, the Reported and Intended Behaviour Scale, Community Attitudes Towards Mentally Ill scale and the Dimensions of Religiosity Scale to determine the degree of religiosity.Results: The population studied demonstrates high levels of mental health knowledge and a tolerant attitude towards persons who have mental illness. There is a high preference for professional treatment.Conclusion: The high knowledge in this Christian community is associated with a reduction in stigma and a positive attitude towards mental illness. If mental health awareness is encouraged, it helps to encourage positive help-seeking practices tolerance, and treatment outcomes.Contribution: This study highlights levels of knowledge and its influence on help-seeking practices and stigma in a Christian community.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor University of KwaZulu Natal
Date 2023-11-07
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — descriptive, quantitative cross-sectional survey
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajpsychiatry.v29i0.2139
Source South African Journal of Psychiatry; Vol 29 (2023); 10 pages 2078-6786 1608-9685
Language eng
The following web links (URLs) may trigger a file download or direct you to an alternative webpage to gain access to a publication file format of the published article:
Coverage South Africa, KwaZulu Natal 2021-2022 congregants from a Pentecostal Christian charismatic church-Assemblies of God in KwaZulu-Natal.
Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Nomthandazo Hlongwane, Vidette Juby