Engaging teachers in an eating disorder preventive intervention
Version of Record online: 30 JUN 2005
Copyright © 2005 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 38, Issue 1, pages 73–77, July 2005
How to Cite
Favaro, A., Zanetti, T., Huon, G. and Santonastaso, P. (2005), Engaging teachers in an eating disorder preventive intervention. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 38: 73–77. doi: 10.1002/eat.20148
- Issue online: 30 JUN 2005
- Version of Record online: 30 JUN 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 7 NOV 2004
- eating disorders prevention;
- teacher involvement;
- clinical assessment
This study evaluated the effectiveness at 1-year follow-up of a psychoeducational eating disorders preventive intervention implemented by specifically trained teachers.
Participating teachers participated in a 5-week training program. One hundred forty-one female students attending nine classes at a vocational training school in Mestre (Venice) were assessed via a structured clinical interview (Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis I disorders) and via the 40-item Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-40). Three classes were randomly selected to participate in a 6-week prevention program conducted by the trained teachers.
Our data show that a disturbing number of the girls who were asymptomatic at baseline had developed a full or partial eating disorder 1 year later. This was the case for 2 (5%) participants and 10 (11%) subjects in the control group. Subjects in the prevention group differed significantly from the control group at the 1-year follow-up. This was the case for their EAT Bulimia subscale scores, which showed a significant improvement. The intervention group also revealed a lower development of food restraint and pathologic body attitudes.
Given the sample size, our findings must be considered cautiously. However, they suggest that students can benefit from participation in a preventive intervention program conducted by teachers, and the benefits appear to be particularly pronounced for bulimic symptoms. © 2005 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.