Beliefs of the public concerning the helpfulness of interventions for bulimia nervosa

Mond, Jonathan M., Hay, Phillipa J., Rodgers, Bryan, Owen, Cathy, and Beumont, Pierre J.V. (2004) Beliefs of the public concerning the helpfulness of interventions for bulimia nervosa. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 36 (1). pp. 62-68.

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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 18–45 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 eating-disordered behavior.

Item ID: 29229
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1098-108X
Keywords: mental health literacy, eating disorders, prevention programs
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2013 05:09
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110319 Psychiatry (incl Psychotherapy) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 100%
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