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Are young adults less liberal in attitudes than the older population towards people with mental illness?

Ayane, Yasmine (2012) Are young adults less liberal in attitudes than the older population towards people with mental illness? UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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This study investigated which age category, the younger or older generation, were more liberal in their attitudes towards mental illness. Historical and current research was explored in order to understand the attitudes that the younger and older generations were exposed to. The previous literature produced research that could lend support to either age category being more liberal in their attitudes. The researcher conducted a qualitative study using semi-structured interviews to collect data and Thematic analysis to analyse the data. Conversational analysis was also used to analyse the transcripts. Nine volunteers were interviewed across two locations. The sample was composed of males and females ranging between the ages of 18-25 and 55-65, there were specific criteria that each volunteer had to meet to be eligible for the study. Five themes were extracted a) Society b) Personal influences, c) Life experience, d) Derogative terminology and e) Liberal. These themes lent support to the idea that the younger generation were more liberal in their attitudes. There were anomalies but the majority of extracts for the older generation were more accepting towards mental illness. The most influential themes were life experiences and the two sub-themes media and life experiences.

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