Randomised clinical trial of a family-based lifestyle intervention for childhood obesity involving parents as the exclusive agents of change

West, F., Sanders, M. R., Cleghorn, Geoffrey J., & Davies, P. S. W. (2010) Randomised clinical trial of a family-based lifestyle intervention for childhood obesity involving parents as the exclusive agents of change. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48(12), pp. 1170-1179.

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Parent-centred interventions for childhood obesity aim to improve parents' skills and confidence in managing children's dietary and activity patterns, and in promoting a healthy lifestyle in their family. However, few studies assess changes in parenting over the course of treatment. This study describes the evaluation of a lifestyle-specific parenting program (Group Lifestyle Triple P) on multiple child and parent outcomes. One-hundred-and-one families with overweight and obese 4- to 11-year-old children participated in an intervention or waitlist control condition. The 12-week intervention was associated with significant reductions in child BMI z score and weight-related problem behaviour. At the end of the intervention, parents reported increased confidence in managing children's weight-related behaviour, and less frequent use of inconsistent or coercive parenting practices. All short-term intervention effects were maintained at one-year follow-up assessment, with additional improvements in child body size. The results support the efficacy of Group Lifestyle Triple P and suggest that parenting influences treatment outcomes. Further research is needed to evaluate the long-term effectiveness of the intervention and to elucidate the mechanisms of change. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

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ID Code: 89186
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Cited By :54
Export Date: 1 September 2015
Correspondence Address: Sanders, M.R.; Psychology, Parenting and Family Support Centre, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia; email: matts@psy.uq.edu.au
Keywords: Childhood obesity, Family-based, Parenting, Treatment, Triple P, article, behavior change, body mass, body size, child, child behavior, child parent relation, clinical trial, controlled clinical trial, controlled study, female, health program, human, intervention study, lifestyle modification, major clinical study, male, obesity, outcome assessment, parental attitude, preschool child, randomized controlled trial, school child, short course therapy, treatment response, weight control, weight reduction, Adult, Behavior Therapy, Body Mass Index, Child, Preschool, Consumer Satisfaction, Family, Health Behavior, Humans, Middle Aged, Parent-Child Relations, Parents, Risk Reduction Behavior
DOI: 10.1016/j.brat.2010.08.008
ISSN: 0005-7967
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Deposited On: 20 Oct 2015 00:00
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2015 02:41

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