Motivational Interviewing Skills are Positively Associated with Nutritionist Self-efficacy

Scott Marley, Kira Carbonneau, Donna Lockner, Debra Kibbe, Frederick Trowbridge

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Abstract

Objective: To examine the relationships between physical and social self-concepts, motivational interviewing (MI), and nutrition assessment skills with dimensions of counseling self-efficacy. Design: Cross-sectional survey. Setting: Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) clinics. Participants: Sixty-five WIC nutritionists. Main Outcome Measures: Counseling self-efficacy on topics related to physical activity and nutritional behaviors and in the presence of language and cultural differences. Analysis: Multiple linear regression. Results: Nutritionists' perception of their own MI skills was positively associated with their self-efficacy for counseling clients of a culture different than their own, when counseling about physical activity, and when counseling about nutrition behavior. Hispanic ethnicity and social self-concept were positively associated with counseling self-efficacy when culture differences were present. Physical self-concept was positively associated with self-efficacy related to physical activity topics. Nutrition assessment skill was negatively associated with self-efficacy for working with non-English-speaking clients. Conclusions and Implications: Development of MI skills and strategies to improve social and physical self-concept may increase WIC nutritionists' counseling self-efficacy, particularly when counseling clients from diverse backgrounds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-34
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Motivational Interviewing
Nutritionists
Self Efficacy
Counseling
Self Concept
Physical Phenomena
Nutrition Assessment
Exercise
Food Assistance
Hispanic Americans
Linear Models
Language
Cross-Sectional Studies
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)

Keywords

  • Counseling
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Nutritionist
  • Self-efficacy
  • WIC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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Motivational Interviewing Skills are Positively Associated with Nutritionist Self-efficacy. / Marley, Scott; Carbonneau, Kira; Lockner, Donna; Kibbe, Debra; Trowbridge, Frederick.

In: Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Vol. 43, No. 1, 01.2011, p. 28-34.

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Marley, Scott ; Carbonneau, Kira ; Lockner, Donna ; Kibbe, Debra ; Trowbridge, Frederick. / Motivational Interviewing Skills are Positively Associated with Nutritionist Self-efficacy. In: Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2011 ; Vol. 43, No. 1. pp. 28-34.
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