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Probability of assertive behaviour, interpersonal anxiety and self-efficacy of South African registered dietitians

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Abstract:

Objectives

There is little information on the probability of assertive behaviour, interpersonal anxiety and self-efficacy in the literature regarding dietitians. The objective of this study was to establish baseline information of these attributes and the factors affecting them. Method

Questionnaires collecting biographical information and self-assessment psychometric scales measuring levels of probability of assertiveness, interpersonal anxiety and self-efficacy were mailed to 350 subjects, who comprised a random sample of dietitians registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. Results

Forty-one per cent (n=145) of the sample responded. Self-assessment inventory results were compared to test levels of probability of assertive behaviour, interpersonal anxiety and self-efficacy. The inventory results were compared with the biographical findings to establish statistical relationships between the variables. The hypotheses were formulated before data collection. Conclusion

Dietitians had acceptable levels of probability of assertive behaviour and interpersonal anxiety. The probability of assertive behaviour was significantly lower than the level noted in the literature and was negatively related to interpersonal anxiety and positively related to self-efficacy.

Keywords: assertiveness; dietitians; interpersonal anxiety; self-efficacy

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-277X.2002.00326.x

Affiliations: 1: Lecturer and Course Coordinator of the Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics, Discipline of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, University of Natal, Private Bag X01, Scottsville, Republic of South Africa, 2: Senior Lecturer and Head of Discipline of Community Resources, University of Natal, Private Bag X01, Scottsville, Republic of South Africa, 3: Registered Psychologist, Associate Professor, School of Psychology, and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Human Sciences, University of Natal, Private Bag X01, Scottsville, Republic of South Africa, 4: Lecturer in the Discipline of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, University of Natal, Private Bag X01, Scottsville, Republic of South Africa

Publication date: 2002-02-01

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