A preliminary controlled evaluation of an eating disturbance psychoeducational intervention for college students
Article first published online: 15 FEB 2002
Copyright © 2002 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 31, Issue 2, pages 159–171, March 2002
How to Cite
Stice, E. and Ragan, J. (2002), A preliminary controlled evaluation of an eating disturbance psychoeducational intervention for college students. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 31: 159–171. doi: 10.1002/eat.10018
- Issue published online: 15 FEB 2002
- Article first published online: 15 FEB 2002
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 JUL 2001
- eating pathology;
Because conventional preventive interventions have had little success in reducing eating pathology, we developed and evaluated a more intensive psychoeducational intervention.
Female college students who underwent this intervention and a matched control sample of students (N = 66) completed pretest and posttest surveys.
Intervention participants showed significant decreases in thin-ideal internalization, body dissatisfaction, dieting, eating disorder symptoms, and weight over the 4-month study period, whereas matched control participants did not show changes in these outcomes with the exception that they gained weight.
These preliminary findings suggest that this intervention may prove useful in reducing eating disturbances and overweight among college students, as well as the risk factors for this serious mental and physical health problem. © 2002 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 31: 159–171, 2002; DOI. 10.1002/eat.10018