American International Journal of Social Science

ISSN 2325-4149(Print), ISSN 2325-4165(Online) DIO: 10.30845/aijss

Attitude of Care-Givers towards Mental Illness, Social Support and Coping Strategy as Predictors of Relapse among Mental Patients
Benjamin O. Omolayo, Bolade O. Mokuolu, Morakinyo O. Balogun, Olajumoke C. Omole, Dominic B. Olawa

This study investigates the extent to which the attitude of care-givers affect relapse among mental patients. It also examines the influence that social support has in preventing relapse in mental patients, and explores the effective coping strategy in the prevention of relapse among mental patients. Eighty people including forty mental patients and forty care-givers participated in the study. The participants were using purposive sampling technique. Three standardized research instruments were used to collect data namely Berlin Social Support Scale, Cope Orientation of Problems Experienced Inventory and Attitude towards Mental Illness Scale. Findings from this study showed that attitude of care-givers do not influence the rate of relapse among mental patients. Also, it was found that avoidance-focused and emotional-focused coping strategies have influence on the rate of relapse of mental patients, but problem-focused coping strategy does not. Moreover, findings revealed that social support does not have significant influence on the rate of relapse among mental patients.

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