This study was conducted to detennine the attitudes and beliefs of student nurse practitioners toward obese individuals in comparison to non-nursing students at California State University, Long Beach. Several studies have been conducted on the attitudes toward obesity of individuals and of healthcare personnel, however limited studies have been conducted to examine the attitudes and beliefs of student nurse practitioners.
A convenience sample of 65 student nurse practitioners and 84 non-nursing students were surveyed using the Attitudes Toward Obese Persons and Beliefs About Obese Persons scale. The results of the Attitudes Toward Obese Persons and Beliefs About Obese Persons scale were nonsignificant between the two groups. Nurse practitioners have a major impact in the promotion of health and prevention of diseases through early screening and management of the complications of obesity. Negative perceptions toward obese individuals compromise the nurse-client relationship and hinder progress in addressing these patients' health concerns.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Nursing, Public health|
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