Primary prevention of risk factors for eating disorders in adolescent girls: Learning from practice
Article first published online: 17 OCT 2002
Copyright © 2002 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 32, Issue 4, pages 401–411, December 2002
How to Cite
Steiner-Adair, C., Sjostrom, L., Franko, D. L., Pai, S., Tucker, R., Becker, A. E. and Herzog, D. B. (2002), Primary prevention of risk factors for eating disorders in adolescent girls: Learning from practice. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 32: 401–411. doi: 10.1002/eat.10089
- Issue published online: 17 OCT 2002
- Article first published online: 17 OCT 2002
- Manuscript Accepted: 25 MAY 2002
- National Institute of Health. Grant Number: DK49587
- Paul & Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation
- Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation
- Claneil Foundation
- Rutland Corner Foundation
- eating disorders;
- risk factors and curriculum
This study evaluates the effectiveness and feasibility of a primary prevention program for risk factors for eating disorders in adolescent girls.
Nearly 500 seventh-grade girls participated in “Full of Ourselves: Advancing Girl Power, Health, and Leadership,” and were assessed at baseline, immediately after program completion, and 6 months later on several self-report measures of knowledge, body image, and eating and weight-related behaviors.
Significant differences were found between participants and controls on measures of knowledge and weight-related body esteem, which were maintained at 6-month follow-up. Eating related behaviors, including skipping meals and dieting, appeared unaffected by program participation.
The program was feasible, safe, and resulted in positive and maintained changes in knowledge and weight satisfaction for adolescent girls. © 2002 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 32: 401–411, 2002.