Perspectives of nursing students towards schizophrenia stigma: A qualitative study protocol

Xi Chen, Jingjing Su, Daniel Thomas Bressington, Yan Li, Sau Fong Leung (Corresponding Author)

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Aim: This study aims to explore fourth-year nursing students’ knowledge of schizophrenia and their attitudes, empathy, and intentional behaviours towards people with schizophrenia. Design: This will be a descriptive qualitative study using focus group interviews. Methods: Fourth-year nursing students on clinical placement in a hospital in Hunan province will be invited for focus group interviews. Snowball and purposive sampling will be used to recruit nursing students for this study. Five focus-group interviews, each including six participants, will be conducted to explore participants’ knowledge, attitudes, intentional behaviours, and empathy towards schizophrenia. The interview will be conducted through the online Tencent video conference platform and the interview data will be collected through the same platform. All interviews will be recorded and transcribed verbatim and analysed with the approach of the content analysis supported by NVivo 12. Simultaneous data collection and analysis will be performed, and the interviews will be continued until data saturation is met. The findings of this study will be helpful in developing effective interventions to decrease the stigma toward schizophrenia among nursing students and those who study healthcare disciplines.
Original languageEnglish
Article number9574
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2 Aug 2022


  • culture
  • focus groups
  • nursing students
  • schizophrenia
  • social stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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