Reducing risk factors for eating disorders: Targeting at-risk women with a computerized psychoeducational program
Article first published online: 28 MAR 2001
Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 29, Issue 4, pages 401–408, May 2001
How to Cite
Zabinski, M. F., Pung, M. A., Wilfley, D. E., Eppstein, D. L., Winzelberg, A. J., Celio, A. and Taylor, C. B. (2001), Reducing risk factors for eating disorders: Targeting at-risk women with a computerized psychoeducational program. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 29: 401–408. doi: 10.1002/eat.1036
- Issue published online: 28 MAR 2001
- Article first published online: 28 MAR 2001
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 NOV 2000
- risk factors;
- eating disorders;
- computer-based intervention
This controlled study evaluated whether an 8-week program offered over the Internet would significantly decrease body image dissatisfaction, disordered eating patterns, and preoccupation with shape/weight among women at high risk for developing an eating disorder.
Fifty-six college women were recruited on the basis of elevated scores (≥110) on the Body Shape Questionnaire (BSQ). Psychological functioning, as measured by the Eating Disorder Inventory Drive for Thinness (EDI-DT) subscale, Eating Disorder Examination-Questionnaire (EDE-Q), and the BSQ, was assessed at baseline, posttreatment, and at 10-week follow-up.
All participants improved over time on most measures, although effect sizes suggest that the program did impact the intervention group.
Findings suggest that technological interventions may be helpful for reducing disordered eating patterns and cognitions among high-risk women. Future research is needed to assess whether such programs are effective over time for prevention of and reduction in eating disorder symptomatology. © 2001 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 29: 401–408, 2001.