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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Manualized Parent Psychoeducation and Nutrition Program and Its Impact on a Sense of Community: A Pilot Study
by Binazir, Nahaal, Psy.D., Pepperdine University, 2019, 94; 13902059
Abstract (Summary)

Parenthood is an experience that is both joyful and anxiety provoking. Amidst a number of pressures, new parents may encounter depressed feelings, consistent anxious thoughts or various other stressors. These factors can also lead to the development of poor nutritional habits, which further exacerbate psychological symptoms and can create a destructive cycle in their lifestyles. Research indicates that one’s sense of community (or conversely social isolation) can further impact parental experiences - which include one’s sense of competence, affect directed towards their children and their overall satisfaction. In considering this, a quantitative and partially qualitative pilot study was conducted to evaluate the development of a manualized program providing both nutritional and psychological support to parents in a group format. It was hypothesized that parental sense of community would increase following engagement in one session of the program, that parental stress is negatively correlated with a sense of community, and that feelings of self-reported parental depression are negatively correlated with parental sense of community. The implications for future program development are explored - particularly in considering how these results further inform development of parental manualized treatment and how understanding about providing parental psychoeducation can advance.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ho Gavazza, Judy
Commitee: Castañeda-Sound, Carrie, Kim, Loan
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 81/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Nutrition, Public Health Education
Keywords: Mental health, Nutritional knowledge, Parental self-efficacy, Parents/caregivers, Psychoeducation, Sense of community
Publication Number: 13902059
ISBN: 9781085631679
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