Publication Date

1982

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Parham, Ellen S.

Degree Name

M.S. (Master of Science)

Department

Department of Home Economics

LCSH

Diet in disease||Nutrition--Psychological aspects||Multiple sclerosis--Psychological aspects

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the nutritional beliefs and practices of people with multiple sclerosis and to compare the results with those of a healthy population group. Of particular interest was the tendency toward food faddism. To obtain this information, two questionnaires were used: one asking opinions and one seeking information on practices. These questionnaires were distributed to a group of people with multiple sclerosis and also a healthy population group. Three hypotheses were established for this research. Hypothesis 1 stated that there will be no correlation between the nutritional beliefs and practices of people with multiple sclerosis. Hypothesis 2 stated that there will be no correlation between the nutritional beliefs and practices of healthy people. Hypothesis 3 stated that there will be no difference in nutritional beliefs and practices of a population group with multiple sclerosis and a healthy population group. The results of the questionnaires indicated the multiple sclerosis group's dietary beliefs were not reflected in their practices. With the health population group however, there was a high statistical correlation between beliefs and practices. Between the two groups there was not a statistically significant difference in practices but there was in beliefs. Age, sex, and education did not have an effect on beliefs or practices.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references.

Extent

v, 49 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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