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n IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Attitude of Tiv people of Benue State Nigeria towards mental illness

Volume 21, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1117-1421
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Abstract

The research work examined the attitude of Tiv people of Benue State of Nigeria towards mental illness. A 21-Item developed questionnaire measuring demographic variables and attitude towards mental illness was used to collect the data. A total of 569 participants took part in the study from Tiv speaking local government areas of Benue state; out of this three hundred and six (53.78 %) were males and two hundred and thirty (40.42%) were females. Three hypotheses were tested using t-test for independent group. Results showed that there was a significant difference between youth and the elderly on their attitude towards mental illness (t (df = 566) = 2.05, P<.01). Also, there was a significant difference between male and female Tiv people on their attitude towards mental illness (t (df = 564) = 5.65; P<.01). Furthermore, there was a significant difference between the attitude of Tiv people in rural area and urban areas of Benue State (t (df = 565) = 3.70; P<.01). It was recommended that more awareness should be created and people should be sensitized about mental illness and see it as curable and manageable from scientific point of view.

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2013-09-01
2016-12-11

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