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Mental health literacy in non-western countries: a review of the recent literature

Adrian Furnham (Professor, based at Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, UCL, London, UK and Norwegian Business School (BI), Oslo, Norway)
Aseel Hamid (Research Worker, based at Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, UCL, London, UK)

Mental Health Review Journal

ISSN: 1361-9322

Article publication date: 3 June 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to produce a comprehensive and tabulated review of the many and scattered papers on public mental health literacy, with particular focus on people's ability to recognise mental illness and beliefs about the treatment.

Design/methodology/approach

This was a review and tabula study. Comprehensive tables describe studies: the first looks at the beliefs of three different groups (the general public, students and young people) within developed English-speaking countries, and the second on studies from non-English-speaking countries.

Findings

Some illnesses like depression and schizophrenia are well researched and others like anxiety or personality disorders largely ignored. The conclusion considers terminological (the loose use of different terms), theoretical (little or no theoretical models) and methodological (heavy reliance on printed, culture-bound vignettes) issues in the developing area of research.

Originality/value

No such review exists and this therefore should be of considerable value to people working in the area.

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Citation

Furnham, A. and Hamid, A. (2014), "Mental health literacy in non-western countries: a review of the recent literature", Mental Health Review Journal, Vol. 19 No. 2, pp. 84-98. https://doi.org/10.1108/MHRJ-01-2013-0004

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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