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Table 4 Unfavorable attitude towards mental illness among UHEPs in Addis Ababa, 2017

From: Knowledge, attitude, and practice towards mental illness service provision and associated factors among health extension professionals in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Characteristics Frequency (n = 455) Percentage (100%)
People with mental illness are dangerous
 Strongly agree 86 18.9
 Agree 171 37.6
 Undecided 44 9.7
 Disagree 141 31.0
 Strongly disagree 13 2.9
Mental illness is sign of personal weakness
 Strongly agree 20 4.4
 Agree 64 14.1
 Undecided 32 7.0
 Disagree 284 62.4
 Strongly disagree 55 12.1
Counseling’s of mental illness should be left for specialist
 Strongly agree 46 10.1
 Agree 81 17.8
 Undecided 35 7.7
 Disagree 261 57.4
 Strongly disagree 32 7.0
Counseling is unsuccessful for patient with mental illness
 Strongly agree 33 7.3
 Agree 35 7.7
 Undecided 8 1.8
 Disagree 278 61.1
 Strongly disagree 101 22.2
Mentally ill patients are usually violent
 Strongly agree 64 14.1
 Agree 207 45.5
 Undecided 45 9.9
 Disagree 120 26.4
 Strongly disagree 19 4.2
Mentally ill patients are usually unpredictable
 Strongly agree 39 8.9
 Agree 183 40.2
 Undecided 62 13.6
 Disagree 151 33.2
 Strongly disagree 20 4.4
Mentally ill patients need constant care
 Strongly agree 285 62.6
 Agree 142 31.2
 Undecided 3 0.7
 Disagree 10 2.2
 Strongly disagree 15 3.3
Mentally ill patients should be confined to facility to the rest of their life
 Strongly agree 8 1.8
 Agree 8 1.8
 Undecided 13 2.9
 Disagree 195 42.9
 Strongly disagree 231 50.8
If a person become mentally ill once they easily become ill again
 Strongly agree 22 4.8
 Agree 139 30.5
 Undecided 49 10.8
 Disagree 187 41.1
 Strongly disagree 58 12.7