Title: The Role Of Religiosity And Religious Affliation On Attitude The Towards Mentally Challenged Persons
Author(s): Tamuno­opubo Addah TEMPLE
Abstract: The study examined the infuence of religiosity on attitude towards mentally challenged persons and assessed the infuence of religious affliations on attitude toward mentally challenged persons. It also examined the joint infuence of religiosity and religious affliation on attitude towards mentally challenged persons in Ile­Ife, Nigeria. This study was a descriptive survey design, which necessitated the data collection from a sample of 250 residents of a local community in Southwest Nigeria. These samples were selected through a two­stage sampling procedure which is purposive and stratifed sampling techniques. The result showed religious affliation has no signifcant infuence on attitude towards mental illness, F(2, 247) =0.63, p>.05. The result showed religiosity has no infuence on attitude towards mental illness, F(2, 247) = 0.64, p>.05. The results also indicate that statistically there is no joint infuence of religious affliation and religiosity on attitude towards mental illness (F {2,249} = 0.79, p >.05). The study concluded that the participants’ religious affliation and degree of religiosity does not signifcantly infuence their attitude towards the mentally ill.
Keywords: Religiosity, Religious af?liation, Mental Health, Mentally Challenged

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