ERIC Number: EJ823532
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
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Gender and Attitudes toward Nutrition in Prospective Physicians
Schulman, Jessica A.; Karney, Benjamin R.
American Journal of Health Behavior, v27 n6 p623-632 Nov-Dec 2003
Objectives: To examine gender differences in attitudes towards nutrition therapy within first- and fourth-year medical students. Methods: Participants (n=128) completed a computer self-administered questionnaire assessing attitudes towards nutrition therapy. Results: Analysis of covariance revealed that females report significantly more positive attitudes toward nutrition than males do, controlling for age. The magnitude of the difference was the same in beginning and graduating medical students. Conclusions: Gender differences in attitudes towards nutrition are not moderated by medical school socialization. Standardized nutrition education may be required to address disparities in knowledge, attitudes, and efficacy with regard to nutrition and preventive care measures.
Descriptors: Medical Students, Medical Schools, Physicians, Nutrition, Gender Differences, Attitude Measures, Questionnaires, Therapy, Student Attitudes, Age Differences, Socialization, Health Promotion, Dietetics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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