HomeIAMURE International Journal of Multidisciplinary Researchvol. 3 no. 1 (2012)

Awareness and Utilization of Health Services by Caregivers of Patients with Maladaptive Behavior

Cecilia C. Pring | Bella P. Magnaye

Discipline: Health



A professional help is needed before a person can be declared as mentally ill. It is quite alarming that there are unreported cases of mental illness that needed help but people are afraid to seek consultation for fear of social stigma. This study aimed to assess the level of awareness and utilization of mental health services by caregivers of patients with maladaptive behaviour in Batangas Province. Descriptive type of research was used in this study. Data were collected through the use of a structured questionnaire and interview. The data were analysed using weighted mean. Results indicate that most of the patients with maladaptive behaviour were aged 35-44 years. Majority of them were male coming from the lower socioeconomic level. It was also found out that caregivers were aware of the different health services offered by the Department of Health; however, not all of them were available in the medical institution where they seek consultation. The only government hospital with mental health services in Batangas Province is the Regional Hospital situated in Batangas City. The study concluded that health services which should be available to patients were not fully implemented.