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Perception of mental illness by the Tarok people of Plateau State, Nigeria

Author : Nanloh S. Jimam, Lohya N. Jimam, Dauda A. Dangiwa

The study was carried out among the Tarok people of Plateau State, Nigeria. It aimed at assessing their knowledge, attitudes and perceptions to mental illness. Participants were asked to complete a questionnaire which was designed specifically for that purpose; 200 questionnaires were distributed to the respondents, out of which 176 were returned (88%). This survey showed a poor knowledge about the cause and nature of mental illness; and negative attitude towards people with mental illness by the Tarok people. There is need for well-coordinated public education, and increased accessibility of effective mental health care among the Tarok people of Plateau State, Nigeria with the view of fostering community acceptance of people who are mentally ill from all sections of the community, especially among the rural residents and the younger population.


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