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Attitudes to mental illness in the U.K. Military: a comparison with the general population

September, 2013
Article:

This study compares attitudes towards mental illness among military personnel compared to the general population.

Abstract

This research compares attitudes to mental illness in the U.K. military and in the general population in England. Using data from a cross-sectional survey of 821 U.K. military personnel, and a separate cross-sectional survey of 1,729 members of the general population in England, levels of agreement with five statements about mental illness were compared in the military and the general population. The majority of respondents from both populations showed positive attitudes toward mental illness. Overall, attitudes toward mental illness are comparable in the general population in England and the U.K. military. Differences include the military holding more positive attitudes about the causes of mental illness, but more negatives attitudes about the job rights of those with mental illness. Strategies aiming to improve attitudes toward mental illness could focus particularly on personnel's concerns around mental illness impacting on their career.

Full Reference

Forbes HJ, Boyd CF, Jones N, Greenberg N, Jones E, Wessely S, Iversen AC, Fear NT. Attitudes to mental illness in the U.K. Military: a comparison with the general population. Mil Med. 2013 Sep; 178(9):957-65. DOI: 10.7205MILMED-D-12-00436.

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