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Knowledge and Beliefs about Bulimia Nervosa and its Treatment: A Comparative Study of Three Disciplines


Hay, P and Darby, A and Mond, J, Knowledge and Beliefs about Bulimia Nervosa and its Treatment: A Comparative Study of Three Disciplines, Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 14 pp. 59-68. ISSN 1068-9583 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10880-007-9057-8


Poor Mental Health Literacy (MHL), i.e. knowledge and beliefs about bulimia nervosa (BN), among health professionals may contribute to low rates of recognition and less optimal management. The aim of this study was to investigate the BN-MHL of health professionals. A total of 534 professionals selected randomly from Internet based lists were surveyed with a MHL questionnaire regarding a fictional vignette of a woman with BN. One hundred and thirty-six dieticians, 68 psychologists and 97 counselors, total 56% (n = 301) responded. The majority of respondents indicated the woman in the vignette suffered from BN (49%) or an eating disorder (20%) and endorsed evidenced based approaches. On post hoc between group analyses there was a trend (p = .02) for dieticians and psychologists to be more likely than counselors to accurately identify the diagnosis of BN. Dieticians and psychologists were also more likely than counselors to endorse a psychologist as the most helpful treatment provider (p < .001) and to be more likely to endorse cognitive behavioral therapy as the most helpful treatment (p < .001). These results indicate a need for greater training and support for non specialist primary care health professionals.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Mental health literacy, Bulimia nervosa, Eating disorders
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Mond, J (Dr Jon Mond)
ID Code:117961
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2017-06-29
Last Modified:2017-11-28

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