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Mental Health Knowledge and Attitude of Secondary School Students in Plateau State Nigeria

Abstract 

 The purpose of the study was to determine the mental health knowledge and attitude of secondary school students in Plateau State, Nigeria. In order to achieve the purpose, thirteen specific objectives with corresponding research questions were posed and six null hypotheses were postulated to guide the study. The cross-sectional survey research design was used for the study and the multistage sampling procedure was used to draw a sample of 3456 students. The instruments used for data collection was the questionnaire. The research questions were answered using descriptive statistics such as mean and percentages while the null hypotheses were tested using t-test statistic. The major findings of the study were as follows: the students had low level (35.56%) of knowledge regarding all the dimensions of mental health. The students had average level of knowledge on the cause of mental illness, coping strategies for mental illness, prevention of mental illness. The overall level of knowledge for the various dimensions of mental health for age group 15 – 19 was high (70,5%); overall males (47.8%) and females (47.9%) students had an average level of knowledge. Rural (48.4%) and urban (57.6%) students had average level of knowledge of all the dimensions of mental health. The students’ attitude toward concept of mental health, ( = 2.76), attributes of mentally healthy persons ( = 2.51), cause of mental illness ( = 2.76), coping strategies for mental illness ( = 2.74), and prevention of mental illness ( = 2.61), was positive. Both age groups, males and females students, and rural and urban students had positive attitude towards all the dimensions of mental health. There was significant difference in the knowledge of students regarding KOCMHI, KOSSMI, KOCSM and KOPMI while there was no significant difference in KOCMI. There was no significant difference between male and female students regarding their level of knowledge in KOCHM, KOCSMI and KOPMI and there was significant difference in KOSSMI. There was significant difference between rural and urban students regarding their level of knowledge in KOCMH, KOCMHI, KOCMI, KOCSM and KOPMI and there was no significant difference between rural and urban students in their KOSSMI. There was no significant difference in attitude of students of rural and urban students regarding all the dimensions of mental health. On the basis of the findings and conclusions, recommendations were made. Among them are that: Ministry of Education, Health and Youth, Sport and Culture should mount seminars and workshops on mental and emotional health towards empowering the students to have high level of knowledge. And that National Health Science Curriculum should be given full implementation.

Project detailsContents
 
Number of Pages111 pages
Chapter one Introduction
Chapter two Literature review
Chapter three  methodology
Chapter  four  Data analysis
Chapter  five Summary,discussion & recommendations
ReferenceReference
QuestionnaireQuestionnaire
AppendixAppendix
Chapter summary1 to 5 chapters
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