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Table 3 Attitude, knowledge and perception to mental illness among residents of Mertule Mariam town, East Gojam Zone, Amhara Region, Ethiopia, 2017

From: Help-seeking intention and associated factors towards mental illness among residents of Mertule Mariam town, East Gojam Zone, Amhara Region, Ethiopia: a mixed-method study

VariableCategoriesFrequencyPercent
Knowledge of mental illnessGood50253.0
Poor44547.0
Perceived severity of MIMild242.5
Moderate667.0
Severe30732.4
Very severe55058.1
Cause of MIPsychosocial factor67771.5
Nerve damage131.4
Poverty222.3
Substance use10210.8
Evil spirit possession596.2
God’s punishment717.5
MI needs treatmentYes77381.6
No17418.4
Place of treatmentHospital61464.7
Holy water20721.9
Holy water and hospital10110.7
Sorcerer242.5
Attitude towards MIAuthoritarianismLess44747.2
More50052.8
BenevolenceLess49552.3
More45247.7
Social restrictivenessLess58061.2
More36738.8
Community MI IdeologyLess38640.8
More56159.2
  1. MI mental illness