Community Mental Health Providers’ Beliefs About Addressing Weight Loss Among Youth Clients with Serious Emotional Disturbance and Overweight/Obesity: An Elicitation Study
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Youth with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) have high rates of overweight/obesity. Factors influencing mental health provider intentions to deliver weight-related advice are unclear. This study used qualitative methodology and Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) constructs to examine these factors. Community mental health providers serving youth with SED were recruited via convenience sampling and an online provider list. Participants completed an open-ended TPB-based questionnaire online. Content analysis identified thematic beliefs. Twenty-one providers completed the questionnaire. Providers identified behavioral beliefs (e.g., client defensiveness), normative beliefs (e.g., medical professionals), and control beliefs (e.g., limited resources) that impact decisions to provide weight-related advice. Knowledge of factors that may influence providers’ delivery of weight-related advice may lead to more effective healthy lifestyle programming for youth with SED.
KeywordsSerious emotional disturbance Youth Obesity Community mental health Intervention
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
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