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Correlates of the opinions about mental illness scale

Journal of Consulting Psychology , Volume 28 (1): 94 – Feb 1, 1964


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Correlates of the opinions about mental illness scale


Journal of Consulting Psychology 1964, Vol. 28, No. 1, 94 CORRELATES OF THE OPINIONS ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS SCALE : M. POWELL LAWTON 2 Norristown State Hospital, Norristown, Pennsylvania Cohen and Struening (1962) found various demographic correlates for their Opinions about Mental Illness (OMI) scales, as well as low intercorrelations among its 5 factors. An attempt was made to demonstrate relationships between these factors and other characteristics of a group of 72 psychiatric aides chosen by ward physicians by virtue of the doctors' being familiar with their work. Data were available for each aide on (a) the OMI; (6) the Leary Interpersonal Checklist (ICL) filled out for Self, Ideal Self, Average Aide, Ideal Aide, and Average Mental Patient; (c) the Edwards Personal Preference Schedule (EPPS); (d) Therapeutic versus Custodial Role Conception scores for 32 of the sample; (e) sex, age, education, and years of service as an aide. Pearsonian r's were computed among OMI scales and between OMI scales and all other variables. Intercorrelations among OMI factor scales followed the general direction of Cohen and Struening's samples, but in some instances were higher (Authoritarianism correlated --.41 with Benevolence, .44 with Social Restrictiveness, and --.43 with Interpersonal Etiology; Benevolence correlated
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