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Keywords:

  • prevention;
  • eating disorders;
  • yoga

Abstract

Objective:

This study investigated the impact of a primary prevention program for eating disorders aimed at fifth-grade females. The curriculum was based on empirically validated risk and protective factors and incorporated interactive discourse, yoga, and relaxation into 10 weekly sessions.

Method:

Pre- and post-test data from five groups conducted over 2 years were combined for a total of 75 participants. Data were also collected from 69 control group participants.

Results:

Results indicate completion of the group resulted in a significant decrease on scales from the Eating Disorder Inventory-2 measuring body dissatisfaction and bulimia, as well as an increase on the Social scale of the Multidimensional Self-Concept Scale.

Conclusion:

The results demonstrate mixed support for the Girls' Group prevention program. Implications for practice and future research are discussed. © 2007 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2008