Use of educational techniques for caretakers of institutionalized individuals to increase the nutrient intakes of the developmentally disabled

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Mary D. Litchford (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Lucille Wakefield

Abstract: Thirty-one female and forty-nine male developmentally disabled residents aged 15-36 years and living at the Western Carolina Center in Morganton, North Carolina were assessed for height, weight, mid-arm circumference, triceps fatfold, and dietary intake using a three-day food record. Fifty-four female and sixteen male staff members working at the Western Carolina Center were assessed for knowledge of nutrition and food practices and participated in a series of nutrition education inservice programs. Pretest and posttest scores for knowledge of nutrition and food practices were determined. Nutrition education inservice programs resulted in increased knowledge of nutrition, but did not increase the nutritional quality of the residents' dietary intake. However, statistically significant differences were noted in residents' diets for calories (p<.05), iron (p<.05), and niacin (p<.05) attributable to the nutrition education inservice programs for staff.

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Language: English
Date: 1983
Developmentally disabled $x Institutional care
Developmentally disabled $x Nutrition
Nutrition $x Study and teaching

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