Implicit attitudes, emotions and helping intentions of mental health workers towards their clients

Brener, Loren, Rose, Grenville, von Hippel, Courtney and Wilson, H. (2013) Implicit attitudes, emotions and helping intentions of mental health workers towards their clients. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 201 6: 460-463. doi:10.1097/NMD.0b013e318294744a


Author Brener, Loren
Rose, Grenville
von Hippel, Courtney
Wilson, H.
Title Implicit attitudes, emotions and helping intentions of mental health workers towards their clients
Journal name Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-3018
1539-736X
Publication date 2013-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1097/NMD.0b013e318294744a
Volume 201
Issue 6
Start page 460
End page 463
Total pages 4
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Language eng
Subject 2738 Psychiatry and Mental health
Formatted abstract
The attitudes of mental health care workers toward their clients may influence the quality of care they provide. There is growing recognition of the role of implicit attitudes in behavior toward people with stigmatized illnesses, such as mental illness, and of the need to measure these separately from explicit attitudes. Seventy-four mental health workers completed implicit and explicit measure of attitudes toward people with mental illness. The participants were also asked about their intention to help people with mental illness and their emotional reactions toward people with a mental illness. The findings show that the implicit attitudes of the health workers toward clients with a mental illness are somewhat negative despite the fact that their explicit attitudes are somewhat positive. Although both implicit and explicit attitudes predicted negative emotions, only implicit attitudes were related to helping intentions. This study highlights the association between implicit attitudes and behavioral intentions and confirms the importance of addressing implicit attitudes in mental health research.
Keyword Implicit attitudes
Mental health
Emotions
Helping intentions
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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