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Beliefs of the Public Concerning the Helpfulness of Interventions for Bulimia Nervosa


Mond, JM and Hay, PJ and Rodgers, B and Owen, C and Beumont, PJ, Beliefs of the Public Concerning the Helpfulness of Interventions for Bulimia Nervosa, The International journal of eating disorders, 36, (1) pp. 62-68. ISSN 0276-3478 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2004 by Wiley Periodicals

DOI: doi:10.1002/eat.20004


Objective: To examine the beliefs of women concerning the helpfulness of various possible interventions for bulimia nervosa.

Method: Face-to-face interviews were conducted with a community sample of 208 women aged 1845 years. Respondents were presented with a vignette describing a fictional person meeting diagnostic criteria for bulimia nervosa and were asked to indicate whether various persons, treatments, medications, and self-help activities would be helpful, harmful, or neither helpful nor harmful for the person described.

Results: Respondents indicated that seeing a general practitioner (GP), counselor, or dietitian was more likely to be helpful than seeing either a psychologist or a psychiatrist. GPs were perceived as the individuals likely to be most helpful for the problem described, and most likely to be approached first, whereas counseling was regarded as the most helpful treatment. Self-help interventions, including the use of vitamins and minerals, were also highly regarded, while a minority of participants believed that anti-depressant medication would be helpful.

Conclusions: Information concerning treatments that are effective for eating disorders should be included in prevention programs. Collaborations between mental health specialists and primary health providers are vital to ensure the optimal treatment of eatingdisordered behavior.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Mental health literacy, Eating disorders, Prevention programs
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, JM (Dr Jon Mond)
ID Code:117978
Year Published:2004
Web of Science® Times Cited:35
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2017-06-29
Last Modified:2017-09-18

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