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Table 2 Attitudes towards mental health care facilities between male and female

From: Rural community attitude towards mental healthcare: a mixed-method study in Khurda district of Odisha, India

Item No. Items on the measurement of attitude towards mental health care facilities Response category Male N= 198 Female N= 197 χ2 (df) p value
1 Treatment in a psychiatric hospital is out of question. On the contrary, one becomes really sick there. Agree 104 118 3.74 (2) 0.154
Undecided 34 36
Disagree 60 43
2 Psychiatric hospitals are hospitals just like other hospitals, the difference being that mental illnesses and not physical illnesses are treated there Agree 64 51 2.35 (2) 0.308
Undecided 43 44
Disagree 90 103
3 Psychiatric hospitals have more in common with prisons than with hospitals Agree 100 135 6.81 (2) 0.015*
Undecided 43 35
Disagree 55 47
4 Psychiatric hospitals provide the necessary security to deal with a mental crisis Agree 114 112 3.26 (2) 0.196
Undecided 54 43
Disagree 30 42
5 Once you are admitted to a psychiatric clinic, then it is very difficult to come out again, regardless of whether you are ill or not Agree 91 122 7.13 (2) < 0.01*
Undecided 23 31
Disagree 84 24
6 People are not treated in the psychiatric hospital but only sedated. Agree 101 125 6.53 (2) 0.021*
Undecided 38 29
Disagree 59 43
7 Psychiatric hospitals are necessary to protect the society from the mentally ill patients Agree 105 116 1.95 (2) 0.37
Undecided 57 45
Disagree 36 36
  1. Numbers in parentheses indicate column percentages
  2. χ2 Chi square test statistic, df degrees of freedom
  3. *p < 0.05