Date of Submission
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Robert A DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP, Chair, Department of Psychology
Elizabeth Gosch, PhD, ABPP, Chairperson
Stephanie Felgoise, PhD, ABPP
Chavis Patterson, PhD
Adolescents with sickle cell disease (SCD) are at risk for growth and nutritional
deficiencies due to poor dietary intake. Presently, no efficacious behavioral intervention exists to address the nutritional need in SCD management. The Good Nutrition 4Me Living with SCD program is a multi-component intervention, developed to improve knowledge base and the dietary habits of adolescents living with SCD. This report reviews the outcomes for 5 adolescents that participated in this 5-week program. Dietary intake was monitored daily via text messaging and progress with goals was reviewed weekly in the group sessions. Parents were also updated on their adolescent’s progress with dietary goals during a family session in the home setting. Resulted indicated promising effects across participants, with trends towards improvement in knowledge about nutritional recommendations and dietary intake. The Good Nutrition 4Me Living with SCD program was viewed as feasible and palatable, as all evaluable families completed the intervention and one-month follow-up activities.
Cashaw, Ashara Calisse-Atchley, "Feasibility of a Nutrition Training Program on Improving Self-Efficacy and Life Skill Development for Adolescents with Sickle Cell Disease" (2013). PCOM Psychology Dissertations. 252.