Psychiatry and Clinical Psychopharmacology
Short Communication

Association Between Familiarity with Mental Disorders and Stigma Discrimination Related to Mental Disorders Among Colombian Students


University of Magdalena, Santa Marta, Colombia


Instituto de Investigación del Comportamiento Humano, Bogotá, Colombia


Emeritus Consultant, Santa Marta, Colombia

Psychiatry and Clinical Psychopharmacology 2024; 34: 94-98
DOI: 10.5152/pcp.2024.23721
Read: 115 Downloads: 62 Published: 06 February 2024

Children and adolescents with mental disorders are often discriminated against by their peers in the school context. However, knowing the variables associated with stigma discrimination related to mental disorders (SDRMD) in each school community is crucial. The study aimed to estimate the relationship of familiarity with mental disorders with SDRMD among students in Santa Marta, Colombia. A cross-sectional study was conducted. Familiarity with mental disorders and SDRMD were measured with the Reported and Intended Behavior Scale. Three hundred fifty students were aged between 10 and 17 years (13.34 ± 1.78), and 188 (53.71%) were girls. Having a close friend with a mental health problem (odds ratio=0.17, 95% CI, 0.06-0.48) was a protective factor for SDRMD. Having a close friend with a mental health problem is protective against SDRMD among Colombian school students.

Cite this article as: Campo-Arias A, Herazo E, Augusto Ceballos-Ospino G. Association between familiarity with mental disorders and stigma discrimination related to mental disorders among Colombian students. Psychiatry Clin Psychopharmacol. 2024;34(1):94-98.

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