Mexican Psychiatric Trainees’ Attitudes Towards People with Mental Illness: A Qualitative Study

Emmeline Lagunes-Cordoba*, Roberto Lagunes-Cordoba, Ana Fresan-Orellana, Jorge Gonzalez-Olvera, Manuela Jarrett, Graham Thornicroft, Claire Henderson

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Abstract

Despite their training, psychiatrists have been found to have negative attitudes towards people with mental illness, including the patients they treat. Similarly, studies focused on service users have identified psychiatrists as a source of stigma. Even though negative attitudes in psychiatrists have been identified in different countries and settings, in Mexico the attitudes of these professionals have never been assessed. Because of this, we invited psychiatric trainees from a hospital in Mexico to participate in individual interviews to describe their opinions regarding mental health-related stigma, to evaluate their attitudes towards people with mental illness and to identify factors that could be influencing their attitudes. Interviews were audio recorded, transcribed and analysed using thematic analysis. A total of 29 trainees participated in the study. The results suggested that trainees recognised psychiatrists can have negative attitudes towards people with mental illness, such as poor empathy, judgement and labelling, and mainly towards patients considered difficult and with borderline personality disorder. Participants recognised these attitudes can influence their relationship with patients, and considered it is necessary to develop interventions to improve their own attitudes and reduce mental health stigma. From this study we concluded Mexican psychiatrists are not free from stigma towards people with mental illness. However, Mexican psychiatric trainees are interested in improving their attitudes and reactions towards their patients.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Early online date30 Oct 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Oct 2021

Keywords

  • Attitudes
  • Psychiatrists
  • Stigma
  • Trainees

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