Adolescent attitudes toward serious mental illness

Amy C. Watson, Frederick E. Miller, John S. Lyons

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While there is a growing literature on mental illness stigma and strategies for reducing stigma among adults, less is known about how children and adolescents view persons with mental illness. In this paper, we describe the Attitudes Toward Serious Mental Illness Scale-Adolescent Version (ATSMI-AV) and our initial examinations of its factor structure and variations among subgroups of adolescents. Findings suggest that strategies aimed at reducing stigma in this age group would be wise to specifically target categorical thinking about mental health and mental illness and perceptions of persons with mental illness being violent and out of control.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)769-772
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2005


  • Adolescents
  • Attitudes
  • Mental illness
  • Stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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