Browsing by Author "Russell-Mayhew, Michelle (Shelly) K."
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- ItemOpen AccessA collaborative school pilot research project to promote healthy body image, personal attitudes, and eating behaviors(2002) Russell-Mayhew, Michelle (Shelly) K.; Arthur, Nancy
- ItemOpen AccessEvaluating the effects of a peer-support model: reducing negative body esteem and disordered eating attitudes and behaviours in grade eight girls(2010) Thompson, Carmen Kathleen; Russell-Mayhew, Michelle (Shelly) K.
- ItemOpen Access'Just deal': navigating life and loss in pediatric multiple sclerosis(2012) Thannhauser, Jennifer; Barlow, Constance; Russell-Mayhew, Michelle (Shelly) K.Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an acquired, chronic disease of the central nervous system, which can cause unpredictable disability, known to typically affect adults. Over the past 10 -15 years, practitioners and researchers have come to recognize that children and adolescents are also at risk for this disease. This growing awareness has resulted in an exponential growth in the knowledge about pediatric MS. Unfortunately, there continues to be a significant dearth of research addressing the psychosocial sequelae of MS for adolescents. Young individuals diagnosed with MS must not only adjust to the neurologically-based symptoms and treatment regimes that impact their daily lives, they must also face the unique challenges of integrating these symptoms and treatments into their normative developmental process. This study was designed to explicate the process of adjustment to a diagnosis of pediatric MS. Youth participants ranged in age from 16 to 21 and all were diagnosed with MS by the end of their 18th year. Six matched parent-adolescent/young adult pairs, plus one young adult, were recruited from rural and urban settings across western Canada and participated in separate individual interviews and online biogs. Using Charmaz' constructivist grounded theory methodology, 1 developed a preliminary theory that captures the experience of grief in the adjustment process of youth with MS. The core of the theoretical model focuses on two separate, yet overlapping, processes: recurring loss and carrying on. Significant turning points influenced the oscillation between these two processes, highlighting the interconnection of intra personal and interpersonal dynamics in the adjustment process. Results reinforce and extend current grief literature, while also providing a new perspective on adjustment to pediatric chronic illness. Specific implications for counselling youth with MS, in addition to ecological considerations, are presented.
- ItemOpen AccessThe experience of developing weight-related concerns among ethnically diverse immigrant women(2009) Niv-Renert, Hagar; Russell-Mayhew, Michelle (Shelly) K.
- ItemOpen AccessWeight appraisals: how to examine the influence of sexual orientation and gender of the appraiser and appraisee(2008) Conrad, Maren; Russell-Mayhew, Michelle (Shelly) K.
- ItemOpen AccessWhy weight: how does professional development about weight-related issues impact schools?(2012) Ireland, Alana; Russell-Mayhew, Michelle (Shelly) K.This project focused on teacher preparation for health and well-being in schools through professional development for teachers in a rural K-12 school in Alberta. Although the role of schools in prevention efforts has been explored in the literature, few studies have examined sensitizing teachers to health promoting messages, including their own conception of and attitudes toward weight. The study was conducted with twelve teachers and fifty-seven students. Body image satisfaction, school climate, self-efficacy, and weight-bias were assessed before and after a professional in-service. At three month follow-up the above were reassessed, and qualitative data regarding teaching practice was collected. Results suggest that teachers are not immune to cultural messages that perpetuate the thin ideal and weight-bias. Providing professional development for teachers may promote more positive attitudes and practice regarding body image, weight-bias, and weight/eating-related concerns. Future evaluation with a larger sample size (more than one school community) is needed.