The purpose of this study was to explore the attitudes and beliefs of mental health professionals in regard to nutrition and depression. Only two American quantitative studies have been done looking at dietary approaches of therapists with their clients, which indicates that further exploration is warranted. In addition to attitudes and beliefs, this study assessed whether or not attitudes, beliefs, and years of practice impacted conversations with clients in professional settings.
Participants for this study were recruited using convenience sampling through email, a recruitment flyer, and social media. An online questionnaire through Qualitrics was administered to measure the attitudes, beliefs, and practices of the participants.
The participant sample consisted of 20 participants, with 100% of them being female. The mean age of participants was 35.6 years old. Most patients (63.6%) were Marriage and Family Therapists. There were no significant relationships found in this study between personal beliefs about nutrition and conversations/advice to patients experiencing depression, or years in practice and conversations/advice about nutrition to patients experiencing depression. Results did imply that some mental health professionals are comfortable giving nutrition advice by answering “Agree” or “Strongly Agree” (25%), and some are not sure of where to refer their clients regarding nutrition (25%).
|Commitee:||Gray, Virginia, Gill, Sheena|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Family and Consumer Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 82/6(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Nutrition, Mental health, Counseling Psychology, Individual & family studies, Public health|
|Keywords:||Depression, Mental health professionals, Diet, Patient attitudes and beliefs, Nutrition-mental health relationship, Marriage and Family Therapists|
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