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Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2013 May-Jun;9(3):474-80. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2012.12.004. Epub 2013 Jan 5.

Psychological assessment of the adolescent bariatric surgery candidate.

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Children's Behavioral Health, Children's of Alabama, Birmingham, AL 35233, USA.


Bariatric surgery for adolescents is an increasingly acceptable treatment option. However, research regarding who makes a successful candidate is limited. Although presurgical psychological assessment is deemed important before bariatric surgery, no formal standards of practice exist. The purpose of this paper is to provide further information and structure for successfully completing a comprehensive preoperative psychological assessment of the adolescent bariatric surgical patient. Contraindications and factors that affect adherence and postsurgical outcome are reviewed, incorporating available research and emerging standards of practice. Common recommendations for the adolescent (and family) after psychological assessment are also presented. Additional research and discussion regarding the psychological assessment of the adolescent bariatric surgery patient and the role of the psychologist on the multidisciplinary team is warranted.

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