INTRODUCTION: This study was conducted to assess the validityreliability and psychometric properties of the Turkish version of the Prejudice toward People with Mental Illness scale.
METHODS: This was a methodological study conducted between June 1, 2021, and September 1, 2021. The sample of this study consisted of 297 people who were registered at a family health center in Gaziosmanpaşa. The personal information form consisted of 17 questions. It had eight sociodemographic characteristics questions and nine situations participants might find themselves in with people with mental illness. In the data analysis, descriptive statistics, confirmatory factor analysis, itemtotal correlation, testretest correlation, Pearson correlation, and Cronbachs alpha coefficient were used. According to experts opinions, the content validity index of the items was 0.97.
RESULTS: As a result of confirmatory factor analysis, it was determined that the scale had a four-factor structure and consisted of 19 items. The itemtotal correlations of the Turkish version of the scale ranged from r=0.30 to r=0.68. The total Cronbachs alpha coefficient of the scale was found to be 0.86. Testretest correlations were found to be statistically significant for the total scale and subscales (r=0.48; p<0.01).
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: The Turkish version of the Prejudice toward People with Mental Illness scale is a valid and reliable measurement tool that can be used in the evaluation of prejudice toward people with mental illness in the Turkish community. This scale is also suggested to be used for assessing the efficacy of interventions to reduce public prejudice toward people with mental illness.