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Family factors as a predictor of weight change in obese adolescent females


2006 2006

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Abstract (summary)

This study assessed the effect of family variables on weight loss in overweight female adolescents (BMI > 95%) participating in a 16-week family-based behavioral intervention. Forty-two participants (age 12-15 years) were randomized to one of three treatment conditions: psychoeducational, family process, or wait-list control. OLS regression was used to determine the relationship between family variables and adolescent weight loss. Decreases in family overall health as reported by the teenager significantly predicted weight loss (p = .05). Two themes emerged: (1) teenagers in families who reported extremely high levels of family functioning tended to gain the most weight, and (2) adolescents in the psychoeducational group lost weight whereas adolescents in the family process group gained weight compared to controls. Larger studies need to be conducted to better understand the relationship between family variables and weight loss outcomes in adolescents.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Behaviorial sciences;
Public health
Classification
0384: Behaviorial sciences
0573: Public health
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Psychology
Title
Family factors as a predictor of weight change in obese adolescent females
Author
Kitzman, Heather E.
Number of pages
37
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0210
Source
MAI 44/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542405945, 0542405946
Advisor
Hampson, Robert
University/institution
Southern Methodist University
University location
United States -- Texas
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1430296
ProQuest document ID
304975908
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304975908
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