Use of an orientation session may help decrease attrition in a pediatric weight management program for low-income minority adolescents

Julie N. Germann, Daniel S. Kirschenbaum, Barry H. Rich

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Abstract

This study examined predictors of attrition from a pediatric weight-control program in a low-income minority community and the potential usefulness of an orientation session to increase length of treatment. Participants were 342 children and adolescents (M age = 13.0 years old; 54% female; 89% African American; M BMI = 44.2, M BMI z-score = 6.0) and their caregivers who attended FitMatters, a multidisciplinary cognitive-behavioral program focused on long-term participation. Those who attended an orientation session stayed in treatment significantly longer, but attrition was not affected by demographic factors, weight status, or psychological functioning. These results indicate that an orientation session that clearly delineates the structure of a program and expected attitudinal and behavioral requirements for the families may help align expectations, as well as more effectively identify families who are ready to make concerted efforts to change the family lifestyle in support of their obese children's efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-179
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006

Keywords

  • Attrition
  • Childhood obesity
  • Low-income
  • Minority
  • Readiness for change

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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