A preliminary controlled evaluation of a school-based media literacy program and self-esteem program for reducing eating disorder risk factors
Article first published online: 20 MAR 2003
Copyright © 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 33, Issue 4, pages 371–383, May 2003
How to Cite
Wade, T. D., Davidson, S. and O'Dea, J. A. (2003), A preliminary controlled evaluation of a school-based media literacy program and self-esteem program for reducing eating disorder risk factors. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 33: 371–383. doi: 10.1002/eat.10136
- Issue published online: 20 MAR 2003
- Article first published online: 20 MAR 2003
- Manuscript Accepted: 2 SEP 2002
- media literacy;
- self esteem;
- weight concern
This study compared the efficacy of a media literacy program and a self-esteem program designed to reduce general and specific risk factors for eating disorders.
Four classes of 86 grade 8 students (53 boys and 33 girls), mean age of 13 years, were randomly assigned to either a control condition or one of the two intervention conditions. Assessment of general and specific risk factors was carried out at baseline, postintervention and 3-month follow-up.
At postintervention the media literacy group had lower mean scores on weight concern than the control group (p =0.007) but the self-esteem group did not. There were some differences on self-esteem measures at the 3-month follow-up.
Media literacy programs combined with an interactive, student-centered framework may potentially be a safe and effective way of reducing risk factors for eating disorders. The impact of teaching style needs to be further evaluated in prevention research. © 2003 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 33: 371–383, 2003.