Giada Pietrabissa

Giada Pietrabissa
Catholic University of the Sacred Heart | UNICATT · Department of Psychology

Doctor of Psychology
Research fellow

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October 2018 - present
I.R.C.C.S. Istituto Auxologico Italiano
Position
  • Medical Professional
Description
  • - Scientific research; - Psychological assessment, formulation of psycho-diagnostic hypotheses and delivery of interventions to improve adherence to treatment among cardiac rehabilitation patients.
January 2018 - present
Catholic University of the Sacred Heart
Position
  • PostDoc Position
September 2016 - September 2018
I.R.C.C.S. Istituto Auxologico Italiano
Position
  • Medical Professional
Description
  • - Provision of individual and motivational-based group interventions to individuals with eating disorders, obesity and other chronic conditions. - Scientific reasearch
Education
May 2017 - May 2017
Star and Garter Hotel
Field of study
  • Schema Therapy
March 2014 - March 2014
Swalec Stadium, Sophia Gardens
Field of study
  • Motivational Interviewing
November 2011 - January 2015
Strategic Therapy Center
Field of study
  • Brief Strategic Psychotherapy

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Publications (142)
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Objective This study aims to investigate the lived experience in patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) and comorbid obesity following after continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy made with the disease the device, and to identify barriers and facilitators to the use of CPAP to improve rehabilitation provision and aid in d...
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The strategic model deals with the way in which man perceives and manages his own reality through communication with himself, others, and the world, transforming it from dysfunctional to functional, in order to be able to operate on it. The strategic dialogue, alternating analogical and digital language, using metaphors and paraphrases, leads the p...
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Debriefing is the analytical process used to reflect on the actions performed during the scenario. The purpose of the debriefing is to engage participants in a reflective discussion about their performance in relation to the learning objectives on which the simulation experience was designed, enriched by other important points or events that may ha...
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In healthcare, there is not always this positive conception of error, as medical error can cause harm to the patient. Often the responsibility is attributed to the individual professional who finds himself to be the final link in a chain of factors that have contributed to the occurrence of harm to the patient, ignoring the organizational and syste...
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Knowing how to communicate effectively means, from a strategic perspective, setting the tone for a trust relationship and to evoke sensation, overcome resistance, and produce change. It also serves the function of helping debriefers define the problem they are working on. The strategic dialog is based on a theory of radical constructivism, which po...
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In this chapter, we will describe, for each of the debriefing phases, a basic and an advanced strategic model.The basic template can be used as a guide for those who are starting out as facilitators or for those who have little experience but want to achieve a reliable and safe result quickly. It can also be used when you want to debrief exclusivel...
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Objective This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of the MotivAir program—a phone-based intervention based on Motivational Interviewing (MI) principles and techniques—in enhancing adherence to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy among patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS). Methods A multicenter randomized contr...
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This study aimed to evaluate the responsiveness of the Italian version of the Paediatric Quality of Life Inventory Multidimensional Fatigue Scale (PedsQL-MFS) to changes in BMI, fatigue and depressive symptoms in adult inpatients with obesity. 198 adults (81% female, mean age = 44.7 years) with obesity completed the PedsQL-MFS, the Fatigue Severity...
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Introduction: Restrained, emotional and intuitive eating were examined in relation to each other and as correlates of participants' weight status, body image and self-esteem. In some past research, restrained and emotional eating have been associated with higher weight status and poorer mental health, while intuitive eating is more frequently link...
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The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to significantly increase the prevalence of mental health problems, thus raising the need for psychological support interventions around the world. Online psychological interventions have already been shown to be an effective solution to promote psychological treatments. Nevertheless, planning and developing an onl...
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Objectives: Weight bias is defined as negative attitudes towards, and beliefs about, others because of their weight. Like other forms of stigma, weight stigma has a harmful impact on health, including depressive symptoms, disordered eating, body image disturbances and poor quality of life. Several instruments measuring weight-related attitudes have...
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Purpose This study aimed to explore the factorial structure of the Italian Weight Self-Stigma Questionnaire (WSSQ) (Study1); and to test structural validity, internal consistency, test–retest reliability, and measurement invariance of the questionnaire across gender, Body Mass Index (BMI), age and occurrence of previous hospitalization for obesity...
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Although a range of risk factors have been identified for disordered eating and weight status, the breadth of risk factors have been rarely considered within a single, comprehensive model. The robustness of these findings across countries also remains an open question. The present study sampled 6272 participants aged 18-30 years from eight countrie...
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Editorial on the Research Topic Individualized Psychotherapy Treatment of Young People With Mental Disorders Applied practice-oriented psychotherapy research is of great significance in youth mental health, as research in this specific age group lacks dismantling studies for prosperous or hindering factors concerning engagement into change processe...
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Background This study aims to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of the RinasciMENTE program, an Internet-based self-help intervention based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) principles and techniques in supporting individuals experiencing psychological impairments during the COVID-19 pandemic. A randomized controlled trial (RCT) design...
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Objective This study aimed to examine the factor structure, reliability, inter-rater agreement and convergent validity of the child and parent Italian versions of the paediatric quality of life inventory multidimensional fatigue scale (PedsQL-MFS) in paediatric inpatients with obesity and one of their parents.Methods100 pairs of children/adolescent...
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Hereditary cancer syndromes are inherited pathogenic genetic variants that significantly increase the risk of developing cancer. When individuals become aware of their increased probability of having cancer, the whole family is affected by this new reality and needs to adjust. However, adjustment to hereditary cancer syndromes has been mainly studi...
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Background Fatigue is a frequent complaint amongst children and adolescents with obesity, and it interferes with adherence to dietary and exercise regimes that could reduce obesity. The present study evaluated the effect of an inpatient 3-week body weight reduction program on body weight and fatigue. Method One hundred children and adolescents wit...
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Cardiac patients show alarming levels of nonadherence to medications. It is important to consider also patient activation levels. Furthermore, the partner could have a supporting role in these processes. The aim of this study was to investigate the mediating role of patient health self-efficacy (HSE) in the link between dyadic coping (DC) and two s...
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Introduction: Optimizing maintenance of weight loss for people with obesity following intragastric balloon (IGB) therapy hinges on the degree to which health care providers can recognize both the impact of emotional problems and mood difficulties on their capacity to self-manage, and requirements for additional support. However, there is limited r...
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Various health settings have advocated for involving patients and members of the public (PPI) in research as a means to increase quality and relevance of the produced knowledge. However, youth PPI has been an understudied area. This protocol paper describes a new project that aims to summarize what is known about PPI with young people in mental hea...
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The purpose of this Individually Randomized Group Treatment Trial was to compare an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy-based (ACT) group intervention and a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-based (CBT) group intervention for weight loss maintenance in a sample of adult patients with obesity seeking treatment for weight loss. One hundred and fifty-five ad...
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Purpose: This systematic review provides a summary of the available evidence of the efficacy of single-session therapy (SST) on anxiety disorders in both youth and adults. Methods: PubMed, Scopus, Medline, and Google Scholar databases were search for relevant articles, and the Cochrane Collaboration's tool for assessing the risk of bias in randomiz...
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Objective: This scoping review aims to provide an accessible summary of available evidence on the efficacy of motivational interventions to increase adherence to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) among patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS) and of their specific aspects and strategies by assessing adherence measures. Methods...
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The purpose of this Individually Randomized Group Treatment Trial was to compare an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy-based (ACT) group intervention and a Cog-nitive Behavioral Therapy-based (CBT) group intervention for weight loss maintenance in a sample of adult patients with obesity seeking treatment for weight loss. 155 over-weight adults (BMI:...
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Background: During the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare providers and informal caregivers were at an increased risk of adverse mental health effects. This systematic review provides a summary of the available evidence on the content and efficacy of the psychological support interventions in increasing mental health among healthcare providers and info...
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This cross-sectional study aims to investigate the impact of psychological distress experienced during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic on emotional eating and to assess the mediating role of emotional dysregulation in a sample of Italian young adults (20–35). A total of 437 participants provided demographical data and were assessed using t...
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This Randomized Controlled Trial [(RCT) aims to evaluate the effectiveness of a brief Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)-based intervention combined with treatment as usual (TAU) compared to TAU only in improving psychological conditions in a sample of adolescents with obesity (body mass index, BMI > 97th percentile for age and sex) within the...
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Many individuals presenting to medical settings with heart-related symptoms for which no medical explanation is found might suffer from cardiophobia, but this condition is still poorly identified and addressed. This article presents a case of car-diophobia treated in an outpatient cardiac rehabilitation unit and, for the first time, describes the a...
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Population aging with longer life expectancy represents one of the most relevant challenges of the next future, also because of a significant proportion of older adult people may present with dementia. Motivating senior citizens with mild cognitive impairment to maintain their independence and functional abilities, improve health status and quality...
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Background As treatment of choice in promoting psychological flexibility, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) was found to be effective in several conditions, and among different populations, including weight management in individuals with obesity. However, the mechanism of action of psychological flexibility is less known. The aim of the prese...
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Depression has been widely studied by researchers from different fields, but its causes, and mechanism of action are still not clear. A difficulty emerges from the shifting from objective diagnosis or analysis to explore the subjective feelings and experiences that influence the individuals' expression, communication, and coping in facing depressio...
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Objective: Symptom improvement is often examined as an indicator of a good outcome of accessing mental health services. However, there is little evidence of whether symptom improvement is associated with other indicators of a good outcome, such as a mutual agreement to end treatment. The aim of this study was to examine whether young people accessi...
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Previous studies have shown that experiential avoidance (EA) is associated with physical and psychological well‐being in medical and non‐medical samples. The aims of the present study were to evaluate the reciprocal association between psychological well‐being and EA over time among cardiac rehabilitation (CR) patients with moderately to severely l...
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Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of disability and premature death worldwide, and they contribute substantially to rising health care costs. Ameliorating cardiac risk factors is the most effective way of minimizing CVDs' negative physical and psychological ramifications World Health Organization (WHO, 2021). By targeting those p...
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Adolescence is a complex developmental phase, made more complex by obesity and the social isolation imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The literature related to the impact of social isolation on obesity self-management in adolescents is scant and inconsistent. This paper describes the phenomenon from the perspectives of a sample of adolescents with...
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Abstract: Eating and weight disorders often develop early in life and cause a long-standing significant health burden. Given the documented role of emotional intelligence (EI) in shaping the body image and predicting the onset of eating disorders, knowledge of the mechanisms involved in EI among youth is fundamental to designing specific interventi...
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As the worldwide population gets increasingly aged, in-home telemedicine and mobile-health solutions represent promising services to promote active and independent aging and to contribute to a paradigm shift towards patient-centric healthcare. In this work, we present ACTA (Advanced Cognitive Training for Aging), a prototype mobile-health solution...
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Managing cardiac illness is not easy because it dramatically disrupts people’s daily life and both the patient and his/her spouse are at risk for experiencing distress, which, in turn, may affect the support provided by the partner as caregiver. The partner, in fact, is the main source of support, but his/her support may sometimes be inadequate. In...
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Purpose To examine the structural validity, measurement invariance, reliability, and some other psychometrical properties of the Italian version of the Yale Food Addiction Scale 2 (I-YFAS 2.0) in patients with severe obesity and the general population. Methods 704 participants—400 inpatients with severe obesity and 304 participants enrolled from t...
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This study assessed the measurement invariance of selected self-report measures of perfectionism, impulsivity, self-esteem and social anxiety in samples of emerging adults from eight different countries. Participants (N = 6272) completed the Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale (MPS), the UPPS-P Impulsive Behavior Scale, the 5-item Rosenberg Self-E...
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This study examined the measurement invariance of three scales that assessed emotional eating, restrained eating, and intuitive eating across eight countries (Australia, and the United States) in order to determine their suitability for cross-country body image research. A total of 6272 young adults took part in this study. Participants completed a...
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The aim of this study was to examine the crosscountry invariance of five well-established measures of body weight and shape concern-related attitudes and behaviors (i.e., drive for leanness, drive for muscularity, strategies to increase muscle, strategies to lose weight, and weight and shape concerns). A secondary objective was to examine the effec...
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The aim of the current study was to examine the psychometric properties of two well-established measures of sociocultural influence and internalization of the thin/low body fat ideal and muscular ideal. Data from 6272 emerging adults (68.9 % female), aged 18-30 years from Australia, and the U.S. were included in this study. Participants completed m...
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Positive body image refers to individuals' ability to conceptualize their bodies with love, respect, and appreciation. The study of positive body image is relatively new, and instruments used to investigate this multi-faceted construct have received limited use in non-English speaking countries. Thus, the aim of this investigation is to consider fo...
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Obesity management requires a multidisciplinary, integrated treatment composed of medical, nutritional, physical, and psychological interventions. Currently, bariatric surgery is the most suitable treatment available in case of severe obesity, or obesity with comorbid medical conditions. Despite bariatric surgery results in a significant weight los...
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The arrival of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has confronted us with a global and unprecedented challenge of community-wide psychological distress alongside reduced access to therapeutic services in the traditional face-to-face format, due to the need to self-isolate. This previously unimagineable set of circumstances provides a unique opportu...
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Single session therapy (SST) postulates that one session can be sufficient for a client to take charge of the process and work toward their own solutions. Research has been conducted worldwide corroborating SST assumptions with several mental health conditions, but not in Italy. For the first time in Italy, this paper aims to explore: (1) if the mo...
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Perceived social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic significantly has had an extraordinary global impact, with significant psychological consequences. Changes in our daily lives, feelings of loneliness, job losses, financial difficulty, and grief over the death of loved ones have the potential to affect the mental health of many. In an atmosphe...
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Purpose This study was aimed to examine the psychometric proprieties of the Body Image Quality of Life Inventory (BIQLI) among Brazilian, Portuguese, Mozambican, and Italian college students. Methods A total of 1630 subjects (Brazilians = 446; Portuguese = 480, Mozambicans = 360, and Italians = 344) completed the Portuguese (Brazilian, Portuguese,...
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IntroductionThe coronavirus (COVID-19) disease has spread worldwide, generating intense fear of infection and death that may lead to enduring anxiety. At the same time, quarantine and physical isolation can intensify feelings of dispositional loneliness that, by focusing on thoughts of disconnection from others, can trigger intense anxiety. Anxiety...
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Background: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) resulted to be efficacious in promoting the core process of Psychological Flexibility, a key ability related to physical and psychological health outcomes. Despite evidence-based ACT protocols were applied successfully in different contexts, including the promotion of long-standing behavioral chan...
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Background: The COVID-19 pandemic had a massive impact on health care systems, increasing the risks of psychological distress in health professionals. This study aims at assessing the prevalence of burnout and psychopathological conditions in health professionals working in a health institution in the Northern Italy, and to identify socio-demograph...
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Objective: To develop and test the factorial structure of a new self-determination theory-based measure of behavioral regulation in children. Methods: Five hundred ninety 590 (F = 51.7%) children aged 7 to 11 years completed the Motivation to Exercise and Diet (MED-C) questionnaire, which comprises 16 items (eight for exercise and eight for diet) g...
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Background: There is a high prevalence of children and young people (CYP) experiencing mental health (MH) problems. Owing to accessibility, affordability, and scalability, an increasing number of digital health interventions (DHIs) have been developed and incorporated into MH treatment. Studies have shown the potential of DHIs to improve MH outcom...
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Purpose To examine the psychometric properties and the factorial structure of the Italian version of the schema mode inventory for eating disorders—short form (SMI-ED-SF) for adults with dysfunctional eating patterns. Methods 649 participants (72.1% females) completed the 64-item Italian version of the SMI-ED-SF and the eating disorder examination...
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Conscious and functional use of online social spaces can support the elderly with mind cognitive impairment (MCI) in their daily routine, not only for systematic monitoring, but to achieve effective targeted engagement. In this sense, although social involvement can be obtained when elder’s experiences, interests, and goals are shared and accepted...
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Background: The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared obesity as the largest global chronic health problem in adults. In the last years, attention has been drawn to the rehabilitative interventions for patients with obesity. Aim: The aim of this manuscript is to provide Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine physicians with evidence-based r...
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The potential benefits of promotion of physical activity for whole populations and at-risk individuals have become a well-established agenda for public health with various meta-analyses that have suggested physical fitness to be an important predictor of morbidity and mortality in adults. Lifestyle behaviors, such as diet and physical activity, are...
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To cite this supplementary: Manzoni, G.M., Rossi, A., Pietrabissa, G. et al. Structural validity, measurement invariance, reliability and diagnostic accuracy of the Italian version of the Yale Food Addiction Scale 2.0 in patients with severe obesity and the general population. Eat Weight Disord (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40519-020-00858-y
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Objective: Exercise capacity (EC) is a well-established predictor of cardiovascular health. It is notoriously influenced by several factors, but the independent effect of psychological well-being (PWB) on EC has not yet been explored. The present study aims to investigate (1) whether PWB is an independent predictor of EC over and above selected dem...