Christopher Paul Szabo

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Eating disorders were first described in black females in South Africa in 1995. A subsequent community based study of eating attitudes amongst adolescent females in an urban setting suggested that there would be increasing numbers of sufferers from within the black community. The current study sought to extend these findings using a larger, more(More)
OBJECTIVES To establish factors in the environment, e.g. family, peer or media, as well as individual factors, e.g. self-perception, which may influence eating attitudes. DESIGN Cross-sectional survey. SETTING Non-clinical, community-based. SUBJECTS Female high-school pupils. OUTCOME MEASURES Responses to questions pertaining to environmental as(More)
A pilot study was conducted to evaluate the usefulness of granisetron for the treatment of antidepressant induced sexual dysfunction in women. Twelve women with antidepressant induced sexual dysfunction (AISD) were assigned granisetron (n=5) or placebo (n=7) in a 14-day randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. One participant in the granisetron(More)
OBJECTIVE Serotonergic dysregulation is associated with both bulimia and anorexia nervosa. This study attempted to measure the levels of basal and serotonin-stimulated intracellular calcium in patients with bulimia and anorexia Nervosa. METHOD In this study, basal levels of platelet intracellular calcium as well as the effects of serotonin on(More)
OBJECTIVES To document the existence of eating attitudes that may reflect current, pre- or subclinical eating disorders. To establish preliminary prevalence figures for abnormal eating attitudes. DESIGN Cross-sectional survey of eating attitudes. SETTING Non-clinical, community-based. SUBJECTS Female high-school pupils. OUTCOME MEASURES Total score(More)
BACKGROUND Eating disorders have traditionally been associated with the white community in South Africa. The emergence of eating disorders among blacks in the mid 1990's appeared to signal a demographic shift. Subsequent data suggested that eating disorders would increase in prevalence amongst black South Africans. OBJECTIVE The current study sought to(More)
The current bio-psycho-social approach in South African psychiatry refers to Engel’s extended model of health care. It forms the basis of the existing collaboration between medicine, nursing, psychology, occupational therapy and social work. Psychiatry also has to bridge the multi-cultural, multi-religious and spiritual diverse reality of everyday practice.(More)
OBJECTIVE This study qualitatively explored local meanings of thinness and dysfunctional eating in black adolescent females in the rapidly westernizing socio-cultural context of post-apartheid South Africa. METHODS Four (n=4) urban state highschools in KwaZulu-Natal were selected from which 40 subjects were sampled from Grades 9-12. Focus groups were(More)
OBJECTIVE To highlight a potential environmental risk factor promoting the development of eating disorders. DESIGN A retrospective analysis of calculated body mass indices of Playboy centrefolds. SETTING South African editions of Playboy magazine. SUBJECTS Playboy centrefolds, February 1994- February 1995. OUTCOME MEASURE Body mass index. RESULTS(More)
OBJECTIVES The primary objective of this study was to examine the perception of the quality of psychiatric services five years after apartheid, and specifically whether care for black patients had improved. DESIGN A survey was distributed to South African psychiatrists during a national congress and by mail. The questionnaire focused on the quality of(More)