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J Pediatr Psychol. 2012 Jan-Feb;37(1):53-63. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsr057. Epub 2011 Aug 18.

Comparison of a family-based group intervention for youths with obesity to a brief individual family intervention: a practical clinical trial of positively fit.

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Clinical Child Psychology Program, University of Kansas, USA. rsteele@ku.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the effectiveness of a family-based behavioral group intervention (Positively Fit; PF) for pediatric obesity relative to a brief family intervention (BFI) in a sample of treatment-seeking children and adolescents.

METHODS:

Families (nā€‰=ā€‰93) were randomized to treatment condition. Assessments were conducted at pre- and posttreatment and at 12-month follow-up. Outcome indices included standardized body mass index (BMI) and quality of life (QOL).

RESULTS:

Results indicated a significant reduction in zBMI at posttreatment and follow-up across both conditions. At follow-up, BFI and PF participants evidenced average reductions of .12 and .19 zBMI units, respectively. Children demonstrated better outcomes than adolescents across both conditions. Results indicated clinically significant improvements in parent-reported QOL at postintervention and in self-reported QOL at follow-up for PF participants.

CONCLUSIONS:

Results suggest the effectiveness of family-based interventions for pediatric obesity in clinical settings among younger children. Neither intervention was effective in terms of reducing zBMI among adolescents.

PMID:
21852343
PMCID:
PMC3297018
DOI:
10.1093/jpepsy/jsr057
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