ISSN 1556-6757













Volume 1, Issue 1, 2007
Effects of Counseling on Weight Loss and Exercise Self-Efficacy in Mexican American Women  Sylvia H Crixell, Eric A Schmidt, Lisa K Lloyd


This study assessed whether the addition of supportive group counseling to a culturally-relevant weight loss program improved weight, fitness, and exercise self-efficacy of lower socioeconomic Mexican American women. Volunteers were randomized to an exercise and education (EE), or an exercise, education plus supportive counseling group (EESC). For 8 weeks, all participants were offered five exercise classes and one nutrition class/week, and EESC was also offered one group counseling session/week. Controls were wait-listed (CON). Results suggest that the 8-week weight loss program resulted in weight loss, and that adding supportive group counseling also decreased waist circumference and increased exercise self-efficacy. Full Article


Asian Values Adherence and Psychological Help-Seeking Attitudes of Filipino Americans

Jon Baello  and Lisa Mori


Filipino Americans underutilize psychotherapeutic services compared to the general population

of the United States. This study investigated the relationship of Asian values on psychological help-seeking attitudes in an online sample of Filipino Americans. Based on data from 162 Filipino participants (104 women, 58 men), results indicated that individuals who endorsed greater affiliation with Asian values (e.g., higher enculturation) were more likely to endorse negative attitudes toward psychotherapy. Given the findings, how Filipino Americans may view the psychotherapy process and potential outreach programs that could be devised to facilitate psychological help-seeking within this specific Asian American population are discussed.

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Predictors of attitude toward Wife Battering among Nigerian Men: Evidence from Nigeria: Demographic and Health Survey 2003  Amos O. Oyedokun


This paper examines the predictors of attitude toward wife battery among Nigerian men using the most recent Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey. Results show that religious affiliation, number of unions, type of earnings for work (P<0.05); literacy and frequency of watching television (P<0.01) were significant predictors of holding on to mixed views about wife battering, while wealth index, type of earnings for work and portion of household expenditures respondents’ earnings pay significantly predict that Nigerian men will hold on to traditional ideas (P<0.01). The paper concludes that men with low socioeconomic status are more likely to hold on to traditional views about the acceptability of wife battering in Nigeria.  Full Article