1990．第18卷第2期（Vol. 18 No. 2）．pp. 143152
Mental Health Knowledge of Chinese Secondary School Students in Hong Kong
Daniel T. L. SHEK（石丹理）
The mental health knowledge of 1,850 Chinese secondary school students was assessed by the Chinese Mental Health Knowledge Scale (CMHKS), together with other instruments measuring their attitudes to mental illness and ex-mental patients. The results showed that the mean percentages of 'Correct', 'Incorrect' and 'Not Clear' responses to the items in the CMHKS were 38.4%, 28.3% and 33.3% respectively, suggesting that a significant portion of the subjects was either misinformed or ignorant of the knowledge on mental illness and mental health. The data further showed that while mental health knowledge was weakly related to age, the subject's contact with people with mental illness and educational attainment of the parents, form and mode of attendance were found to have strong effect on CMHKS scores. The implications of the data on mental health education within the school context are discussed.