Knowledge and attitudes towards dementia in adolescent students

Isaac, Mokhtar G E K N, Isaac, Maria M, Farina, Nicolas and Tabet, Naji (2016) Knowledge and attitudes towards dementia in adolescent students. Journal of Mental Health, 26 (5). pp. 419-425. ISSN 1360-0567

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Background: Improving people’s knowledge, perceptions and attitudes of dementia is important in the formation of dementia-friendly communities. However, at present, there is very little evidence from adolescents, who are already the junior members of such communities and will be carers in their own rights in the future. Our aim was to evaluate adolescents’ knowledge and attitudes of dementia.

Methods: Four-hundred and fifty adolescents, aged 15–18 years, from schools in Sussex (UK) were invited to complete a series of questions that assessed their dementia knowledge and attitudes.

Results: A total of 359 adolescent students completed the questionnaire. Out of 15 questions on dementia knowledge, participants were on average able to answer less than half correctly (M = 6.65, standard deviation = 2.34). Responses to the attitudes questionnaire showed that adolescent students had both positive and negative attitudes toward dementia.

Discussion: There is scope for adolescents attending school to improve their dementia knowledge and attitudes. More effort is needed to embed initial dementia understanding in the school curriculum which will improve awareness about dementia at an earlier age and will enhance dementia-friendly communities.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Neuroscience
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neurosciences. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry > RC0438 Psychiatry, including Psychopathology > RC0513 Psychoses > RC0521 Dementia
Depositing User: Nicolas Farina
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2016 16:58
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 17:33

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