Early Intervention in the Real World
Interactive programme to enhance protective factors for eating disorders in girls with type 1 diabetes
Article first published online: 24 JAN 2013
© 2013 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
Early Intervention in Psychiatry
Volume 7, Issue 3, pages 315–321, August 2013
How to Cite
Wilksch, S. M., Starkey, K., Gannoni, A., Kelly, T. and Wade, T. D. (2013), Interactive programme to enhance protective factors for eating disorders in girls with type 1 diabetes. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 7: 315–321. doi: 10.1111/eip.12012
- Issue published online: 24 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 24 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Received: 9 SEP 2012
- South Australian Centre for Intergenerational Health
- diabetes mellitus;
- eating disorder;
- risk factor;
- type 1
This study evaluated the effectiveness of a pilot programme in enhancing protective factors for eating disorders in young girls with type 1 diabetes (T1D).
Twenty girls with T1D (M age = 11.06 years) attended two 4-h group sessions. A 4-week baseline control period was compared against changes at post-programme and at 1-month follow-up on measures of eating disorder risk factors and indicators of glycaemic control.
At post-intervention, significant improvements were found for self-efficacy related to diabetes management, self-esteem, body-esteem,thin-ideal internalization and perfectionism. These gains were maintained at 1-month follow-up. Participants were also rated by their parents as assuming more responsibility for specific diabetes-related tasks at follow-up.
A brief interactive programme can favourably impact protective factors for disordered eating. The development of effective disordered eating prevention strategies for girls with T1D is an urgent priority and the current study is a first step in this direction.