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Ju, Lee, and Kim: Effects of Human Rights Sensitivity Program on the Human Rights Consciousness and Attitudes Toward the Mental Illness by Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses



This study was done to identify the effects of human rights sensitivity training on human rights consciousness and attitudes toward the mentally ill by psychiatric mental health nurse.


A non equivalent control group pre-posttest design was used for this study. The 54 participants were selected from the mental health institute in Y city. The experimental group (n=26) received the interventions 3 times a week for 2 weeks. The evaluation tools were Human Right Consciousness and Community Attitude toward the Mentally Ill (CAMI). Data were analyzed using χ2-test, Fisher's exact test, t-test, paired t-test, repeated measure ANCOVA with the SPSS/WIN 12 program.


There was a significant mean change in human rights consciousness in the experimental group. But there was no significant difference in attitudes toward mentally illness.


The results of the study indicate that the human rights sensitivity program is effective in increasing human rights consciousness of psychiatric mental health nurses. Therefore, this program can be utilized in the field of mental health care services to improve human rights of person with mental illness.

Figures and Tables

Table 1
Contents of Human Rights Sensitivity Program
Table 2
Homogeneity Test of General Characteristics between Experimental and Control Groups

Exp.=experimental group; Cont.=control group; PN=psychiatric nurse; PMHN=psychiatric mental health nurse.

Fisher's exact test.

Table 3
Homogeneity Test of Dependent Variables between Experimental and Control Groups

Exp.=experimental group; Cont.=control group.

Table 4
Comparison of Dependent Variables between the Groups (N=54)

Exp.=experimental group; Cont.=control group; Pretest=before program; Posttest 1=after program; Posttest 2=2weeks follow up.

F score is Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA) with age and marital status.

Table 5
Comparison of Dependent Variables over the Time in Experimental Group (N=54)

Exp.=experimental group; Cont.=control group; Pretest=before program, Posttest 1=after program, Posttest 2=2weeks follow up.


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