The full text of this dissertation is available only to University of Leicester members. Please log in with your CFS username and password when prompted.This study used a correlational analysis of responses from a questionnaire survey designed to investigate the relationships between forensic mental health staffs’ attitudes towards mental illness and measures of authoritarianism, job satisfaction, well-being, and length of service. Variables were measured using questionnaires based on the Opinions about Mental Illness scale and the Work Organisation Assessment Questionnaire. Four groups of hypotheses were investigated that proposed the following: 1 - authoritarianism is related to more stigmatising attitudes towards mental illness; 2 - job satisfaction is related to more positive attitudes towards mental illness; 3 - well-being is related to more positive attitudes towards mental illness; 4 - length of service is related to attitudes towards mental illness. Positive correlations between authoritarianism and negative attitudes supported the hypotheses, but contrary to expectations was the finding that staff well-being also tended to be related to more stigmatising attitudes towards mental illness. Job satisfaction and length of service were unrelated to attitudes. Possible reasons and implications for the relationship between well-being and stigmatising attitudes are discussed. Conclusions: Authoritarian traits are related to mental health staffs’ attitudes towards mental illness; there is reason to suggest the relationship between attitudes and well-being should be investigated further.University of Leiceste
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