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Table 3 Teachers’ attitude towards students’ mental health issues

From: Beliefs about students’ mental health issues among teachers at elementary and high schools, Hail Governorate, Saudi Arabia

StatementResponses % (n)Score mean (SD)
Completely disagreeDisagreeUncertainAgreeCompletely agree
1. I believe in mental health illness. (n = 2391)4.7 (112)1.3 (31)1.8 (42)52.4 (1252)39.9 (954)4.2 (0.92)
2. I accept mental health patients and I help them. (n = 2384)1.0 (25)4.4 (106)6.7 (160)54.9 (1308)32.9 (785)4.1 (0.81)
3. When having mental health problem, I recommend visiting a psychiatric physician. (n = 2382)3.3 (78)3.3 (78)6.3 (150)45.1 (1074)42.1 (1002)4.2 (0.93)
4. I see that psychiatric medications can cause addiction. (n = 2350)6.3 (147)13.4 (316)37.4 (879)26.7 (628)16.2 (380)a2.7 (1.09)
5. I believe that mental illness is merely a mix of magic and eye. (n = 2352)29.0 (681)34.1 (802)24.6 (578)9.7 (228)3.7 (63)a3.8 (1.05)
6. I think that narcotic and stimulant drugs and alcohol have a role in psychiatric illness. (n = 2380)3.9 (94)6.1 (146)15.3 (365)42.0 (1000)32.6 (775)3.9 (1.04)
7. I believe that heredity have a role in mental health illness. (n = 2358)9.4 (225)19.4 (457)26.8 (631)36.3 (855)8.1 (190)3.1 (1.11)
8. I see that mental health patient as other patients with organic diseases. (n = 2337)4.9 (115)11.4 (267)12.0 (281)49.0 (1144)22.7 (530)3.7 (1.08)
9. I believe that mental health illnesses are incurable. (n = 2354)39.8 (933)42.2 (990)10.5 (247)6.0 (140)1.5 (35)a4.1 (0 .93)
10. I believe that mental health illness is a permanent stigma. (n = 2380)34.0 (810)42.1 (1001)12.9 (308)8.5 (202)2.5 (59)a4.0 (1.02)
11. I believe that psychiatric patient is a dangerous person and one should be taken with care.(n = 2380)25.0 (594)41.1 (978)12.8 (304)17.5 (416)3.7 (88)a3.7 (1.14)
Total scoreb
 Median (range)42 (23.0–55.0)
 Mean (SD)41.6 (5.01)
 Total score/full score (%)75.64%
  1. aReverse score
  2. bMaximum score = 55