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Table 2 Four factor item weights

From: Attitudes towards people with mental illness among psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, involved family members and the general population in a large city in Guangzhou, China

ITEMS (paraphrased) Weights
Factor1 Community treatment and Biopsychosocial causation  
Increased spending on mental health services is not a waste of money. 0.850
People with mental illness deserve our sympathy. 0.845
We have a responsibility to provide the best possible care for people with mental illness. 0.790
No-one has the right to exclude people with mental illness from their neighborhood. 0.790
Locating mental health facilities in a residential area doesn't downgrade the neighborhood. 0.785
We need to adopt a far more tolerant attitude toward people with mental illness in our society. 0.760
Anyone with mental illness should be given responsibility. 0.733
People with mental health problems should have the same rights to a job as anyone else. 0.722
Virtually anyone can become mentally ill. 0.706
Residents have nothing to fear from people coming to their neighborhood to obtain mental health services. 0.684
Mental health services should be provided through community based facilities as far as possible. 0.650
The best therapy for many people with mental illness is to be part of a normal community. 0.535
It is not frightening to think of people with mental problems living in residential neighborhoods. 0.524
Mental hospitals are an outdated means of treating people with mental illness. -0.562
Traumatic event or shock can cause mental illness 0.500
Biological factors (other than brain disease or genetics) can cause mental illness. 0.490
Drug or Alcohol misuse can cause mental illness. 0.462
Genetic inheritance can cause mental illness. 0.437
Factor2 Socializing  
If somebody had been a former psychiatric patient, I would have them as a friend. 0.603
If somebody who had been a former patient came to live next door to me, I would visit them. 0.518
In interacting with someone with mental illness, I could maintain a friendship. 0.514
I would invite somebody who suffered from mental illness into my home. 0.490
I would occasionally greet somebody who had been a former patient and came to live next door to me. 0.455
I would not object to having mentally ill people living in my neighborhood. 0.437
I would have casual conversations with neighbors who had suffered from mental illness. 0.423
I would be willing to work with somebody with a mental illness. 0.422
Factor3 Specific interactions  
In interacting with someone with mental illness, you were not upset or disturbed about working on the same job. 0.471
Physical abuse cannot cause mental illness. 0.465
People with mental illness are not a public nuisance. 0.426
People with mental illness are not dangerous because of violent behavior. 0.423
In interacting with someone with mental illness, I would not be unwilling to share a room. 0.414
You would not avoid conversations with neighbors who had suffered from mental illness. 0.404
Factor4 Disbelief in witchcraft  
God's punishment cannot cause mental illness. 0.652
Someone puts a curse on you cannot cause mental illness. 0.569
Witchcraft cannot cause mental illness. 0.555
Possession by evil spirits cannot cause mental illness. 0.543