Avaliação de atitudes de estudantes de medicina face à doença mental
: efeito do género e do contacto com pessoas com doença mental

  • Maria Inês Marques de Queirós e Vasconcelos Ferreira (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The dimension and impact of mental health problems is currently undisputed (WHO, 2001), which calls for intervention at multiple levels. Over the last few years a number of initiatives have identified stigma of mental illness as a priority area of intervention (WHO, 2001; WHO, 2008). Doctors and Medicine students directly involved in intervention in the field of mental illness show stigmatizing attitudes similar to those of the general public (Markström et al., 2009; Lauber, Anthony, Ajdacic-Gross, & Rössler, 2004; Rowe, 2012; Neauport et al., 2012). In spite of being widely studied at international level, only two research works have been conducted in Portugal to assess stigma in Medicine students (Xavier & Almeida, 1999; Pinhal, 2010). It is therefore important to understand how stigma can be effectively reduced in higher education context, so as to improve both the quality of training and future health care provision. This study aims at assessing the attitude of future health care professionals towards mental illness from a sample of 86 medicine students, as well as differences of gender, and the impact of acquaintance of and personal contact with mental illness in the attitudes of medicine students, using the Mental Illness: Clinician´s Attitudes (MICA). In general, results have shown that students display stigmatizing behaviour, which is confirmed by international literature. It is therefore important to emphasize the need to rethink how stigma issues are addressed and dealt with throughout medical training in order to improve the quality of care provision to people with mental illne
Date of Award2013
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorFilipa Palha (Supervisor)


  • Stigma
  • Mental illness
  • Medicine students
  • Gender
  • Acquaintance
  • Contact


  • Mestrado em Psicologia

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