The aims of this article were to evaluate the Mental Health Consumer Participation Questionnaire, and measure nursing students' attitudes to consumer participation.DESIGN AND METHODS:
Undergraduate nursing students (n = 116) completed the Mental Health Consumer Participation Questionnaire at the start of a course on recovery for mental health nursing practice.FINDINGS:
The current findings confirm an endorsement of consumer participation in individual care processes, but less agreement with participation in organizational-level processes, such as management of mental health services and education of providers. This article also confirms that the questionnaire can effectively measure attitudes to consumer participation.PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:
The participation of consumers is critical for achieving person-centered services mental health services. It is important that nursing education influence positive attitudes.