Help for the Significant Others of Bulimics

Authors

  • Sandra A. Kapoor

    1. University of Minnesota
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      Requests for reprints should be sent to Dr. Sandra Kapoor, who is now at the Center for Hospitality Management, California State Polytechnic University, 3801 West Temple, Pomona, CA 91768.


Abstract

A quasi-experimental design was used to assess the effects of a 5-week assistance program for the significant others of bulimics. A knowledge test, an attitude survey, and a behavior device were used to evaluate the effects of the program. One or more of the three instruments was administered to an experimental group of significant others before (pretest) and after (posttest) they attended the assistance program. One or more of the three instruments was also administered to a control group of significant others before (pretest) and after (posttest) a 5-week period. During this period they did not attend the assistance program. No significant difference was found between the pretest and posttest scores of the control group on the three instruments at the .05 probability level. Experimental group posttest scores were significantly higher than their pretest scores on the three instruments at the .05 probability level. An anonymous evaluation conducted following the program also indicated significant others who attended the program found it to be beneficial.

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