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Table 2 Social distance toward PWMI among the general public (n = 1437)

From: Individual-level socioeconomic status and contact or familiarity with people with mental illness: a cross-sectional study in Wuhou District, Chengdu, Southwest China

Variables SDSC (Mean ± SD)
The total score of Social Distance Scale 12.53 ± 3.11
Work relationsa 4.32 ± 1.59
Shallow relationshipsb 3.61 ± 1.24
Employmentc 1.54 ± 1.54
Eight questions
 1. It is best not to associate with colleagues who have been treated for mental illness 1.11 ± 0.70
 2d. It is wrong to shy away from people with mental illness 1.46 ± 0.68
 3. It would bother me to work with colleagues who had been in a mental hospital 1.81 ± 0.75
 4. I would be against any daughter of mine marrying a man who had been in a mental hospital 1.54 ± 0.73
 5. I would rather not hire a person with mental illness who had been in a mental hospital 1.75 ± 0.79
 6. Leaders with psychosis who have been in a mental hospital should not be allowed to lead 1.79 ± 0.76
 7d. If I needed a babysitter, I would be willing to hire a woman with a history of mental illness 1.19 ± 0.66
 8. I would not ride in a taxi driven by someone who had been in a mental hospital 1.88 ± 0.859
  1. SDSC Social Distance Scale-Chinese version, PWMI People with mental illness
  2. aThe work relations subscale includes item 1, item 3 and item 6
  3. bThe shallow relationships include item 4 and item 8
  4. cThe employment subscale includes item 5
  5. dItem 2 and item 7 were reversal items and were reverse scores