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Table 4 Distribution of participants by their response to perceived stigma of mental illness scale at AMSH, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2018 (N = 409)

From: Prevalence and factors associated with higher levels of perceived stigma among people with schizophrenia Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

NoThe 12 items of perceived devaluation and discrimination (PDD) scaleStrongly disagreeDisagreeAgreeStrongly agree
1Most people would willingly accept a person who has had mental illness as a close friend3 (0.7%)226 (55.3%)153 (37.4%)27 (6.6%)
2Most people believe that a person who has been hospitalized for mental illness is just as intelligent as the average person2 (0.5%)290 (70.9%)112 (27.4%)5 (1.2%)
3Most people believe that a person who has had mental illness is just as trustworthy as the average citizen1 (0.2%)229 (56%)162 (39.6%)17 (4.2%)
4Most people would accept a person who has fully recovered from mental illness as a teacher of young children in a public school3 (0.7%)188 (46%)207 (50.6%)11 (2.7%)
5Most people believe that entering a mental hospital is a sign of personal failure10 (2.4%)222 (54.3%)174 (42.5%)3 (0.7%)
6Most people will not hire a person who has had a mental illness to take care of their children, even if he or she had been well for some time10 (2.4%)203 (49.6%)195 (47.7%)1 (0.2%)
7Most people think less of a person who has been in a mental hospital to treat5 (1.2%)193 (47.2%)206 (50.4%)5 (1.2%)
8Most employers will hire a person who has had mental illness if he or she is qualified for the job8 (2.0%)277 (67.7)122 (29.8)2 (0.5%)
9Most employers will pass over the application someone who has had mental illness in favor of another applicant2 (0.5%)113 (27.6)286 (69.9)8 (2.0%)
10Most people in my community would treat someone who has had mental illness just as they would treat anyone2 (0.5%)248 (60.6%)153 (37.4%)6 (1.5%)
11Most young women would be reluctant to date a man who has been hospitalized for a serious mental illness5 (1.2%)258 (34.1%)142 (34.7%)4 (1.0%)
12Once they know a person was in a mental hospital for treatment, most people will take his/her opinions less seriously6 (1.5%)269 (65.8%)129 (31.5%)5 (1.2%)