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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

Variable Categories Frequency Percent
Knowledge of mental illness Good 502 53.0
Poor 445 47.0
Perceived severity of MI Mild 24 2.5
Moderate 66 7.0
Severe 307 32.4
Very severe 550 58.1
Cause of MI Psychosocial factor 677 71.5
Nerve damage 13 1.4
Poverty 22 2.3
Substance use 102 10.8
Evil spirit possession 59 6.2
God’s punishment 71 7.5
MI needs treatment Yes 773 81.6
No 174 18.4
Place of treatment Hospital 614 64.7
Holy water 207 21.9
Holy water and hospital 101 10.7
Sorcerer 24 2.5
Attitude towards MI Authoritarianism Less 447 47.2
More 500 52.8
Benevolence Less 495 52.3
More 452 47.7
Social restrictiveness Less 580 61.2
More 367 38.8
Community MI Ideology Less 386 40.8
More 561 59.2
  1. MI mental illness