Applying motivational interviewing to counselling overweight and obese children

TitleApplying motivational interviewing to counselling overweight and obese children
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsSöderlund, LL, Nordqvist, C, Angbratt, M, Nilsen, P
JournalHealth Education Research
PublisherOxford Univ Press
Place PublishedUnited Kingdom
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0268-11531465-3648
Accession Number2009-07585-008. First Author & Affiliation: Söderlund, Lena Lindhe
KeywordsCounseling, counseling overweight, Health Care Services, motivational interviewing, Nurses, nurses application, obese children, Obesity, Overweight, School Health Services, Schools, welfare center

The aim of this study was to identify barriers and facilitators to nurses’ application of motivational interviewing (MI) to counseling overweight and obese children aged 5 and 7 years, accompanied by their parents. Ten welfare center and school health service nurses trained and practiced MI for 6 months, then participated in focus group interviews concerning their experiences with applying MI to counseling overweight and obese children. Important barriers were nurses’ lack of recognition that overweight and obesity among children constitute a health problem, problem ambivalence among nurses who felt that children’s weight might be a problem although there was no immediate motivation to do anything and parents who the nurses believed were unmotivated to deal with their children’s weight problem. Facilitators included nurses’ recognition of the advantages of MI, parents who were cooperative and aware of the health problem and working with obese children rather than those who were overweight. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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