Training in Methods of Preventing Childhood Obesity Increases Self-Efficacy in Nurses in Child Health Services: A Randomized, Controlled Trial

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Objective: To evaluate the effects of training in methods of preventing childhood obesity on self-efficacy (SE) in nurses. Methods: In a randomized, controlled trial conducted in child health services in Sweden, nurses in the intervention and control groups of the PRIMROSE prevention trial of childhood obesity were offered a 5-day workshop on dietary and physical activity interventions, and motivational interviewing. Self-efficacy for influencing parents to promote healthy dietary and physical activity behaviors in their children was measured using an 18-item instrument. Difference in SE between groups at post-assessment was analyzed using multiple linear regression analysis. Results: Compared to control nurses (n = 38), intervention nurses (n = 22) demonstrated higher SE (β = 14.70, P <.001). Conclusions and Implications: Training in methods of preventing childhood obesity increased SE in nurses. Self-efficacy should be included as a construct in evaluations of clinical training. © 2014 Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior.

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Bohman, B., Ghaderi, A., & Rasmussen, F. (2014). Training in Methods of Preventing Childhood Obesity Increases Self-Efficacy in Nurses in Child Health Services: A Randomized, Controlled Trial. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 46(3), 215–218. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2013.10.006

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