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J Pediatr Psychol. 2005 Mar;30(2):155-65.

A randomized controlled trial for the primary prevention of osteoporosis among preadolescent girl scouts: 1-year outcomes of a behavioral program.

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Division of Behavioral Pediatrics and Psychology, Department of Pediatrics, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Cleveland, OH 44106-6038, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To provide 1-year outcomes for a randomized controlled trial of a behavioral-educational intervention for the primary prevention of osteoporosis among 247 preadolescent girls.

METHODS:

Girl Scout troops were randomly assigned to one of two intervention groups-a group comprising girls only (n = 73) and girls with their mothers (n = 94)-and a healthy-lifestyles control group (n = 80). Multilevel (hierarchical) models were employed to account for clustering of girls within troops.

RESULTS:

Among girls who met the recommended levels of Ca at baseline, those in the intervention were significantly more likely to maintain or improve their intake at follow-up compared to controls. No significant group differences were found for changes in WBPA.

CONCLUSIONS:

A behavioral intervention for the primary prevention of osteoporosis holds promise for maintaining adequate Ca intake among preadolescent females.

PMID:
15681310
DOI:
10.1093/jpepsy/jsi003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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