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The effect of stigmatization education on the social distancing of nursing students toward patients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia

      Abstract

      Purpose

      To assess the effect of a program designed to reduce nursing students' social distancing from individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia.

      Method

      This experimental study was designed using a pretest, a posttest, and a control group. All participants were nursing students, of which 25 were included in the intervention group and 23 were placed in the control group. A 13-week program was offered to the intervention group. The measuring instruments consisted of a personal information form and the Social Distance Scale. Data were analyzed using the two-way repeated measures analysis of variance.

      Findings

      A significant difference was found between the two groups.

      Conclusion

      The Education Program on Stigmatization in Schizophrenia is an effective intervention that reduces the social distance of nursing students from individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia.

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