ERIC Number: ED073375
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Health Counseling for the Overweight Adolescent Girl.
Handley, Elizabeth J.
This study was undertaken for the purpose of seeing how a health counseling program for overweight girls could be developed in a secondary high school setting. The study first reviews the health literature on obesity, surveys school nurse-teacher health counseling programs, and investigates relaxed community characteristics. The report on a six-month pilot health counseling program follows. It included a careful selection of 16 overweight girls and a control group. Nutritional education, retraining of eating habits, stimulation of diverse interests, and encouragement of physical activity formed the nucleus of the counseling sessions. The results of the study showed an overall weight loss of 224 pounds among the 16 counseled girls in contrast to a weight increase of the 16 pounds among the 16 uncounseled group. An improvement in personal appearance, attitudinal realism about the weight problem, along with self-acceptance, were changes evident with the counseled group. The study shows that a thoroughly informed school nurse-teacher is in a strategic position to offer her expertise in assisting the student with a weight problem. (Author)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Counseling, Counseling Effectiveness, Counseling Services, Doctoral Dissertations, Eating Habits, Females, Health, Health Education, Health Programs, Health Services, Nurses, Nursing Education, Nutrition, Nutrition Instruction, Obesity, School Health Services, Secondary School Students
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Note: Ph.D. Thesis, Walden University