ERIC Number: EJ951194
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
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Reference Count: 38
Preadolescents' and Parents' Dietary Coping Efficacy during Behavioral Family-Based Weight Control Treatment
Theim, Kelly R.; Sinton, Meghan M.; Stein, Richard I.; Saelens, Brian E.; Thekkedam, Sucheta C.; Welch, R. Robinson; Epstein, Leonard H.; Wilfley, Denise E.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v41 n1 p86-97 Jan 2012
Developmentally relevant high-risk dietary situations (e.g., parties where tempting foods are available) may influence overweight youth's weight control, as they increase risk for overeating. Better self-efficacy for coping with these situations--which preadolescents may learn from their parents--could foster successful weight control. Overweight preadolescents (N = 204) ages 7-12 years (67% female), each with one parent, separately completed the Hypothetical High-Risk Situation Inventory (HHRSI) pre- and post-weight loss treatment. The HHRSI assesses temptation to overeat and confidence in refraining from overeating in response to four high-risk dietary scenarios. Participants generated coping strategies for each scenario. Coping strategies and confidence increased and temptation decreased from pre- to post-weight loss treatment. Parents' increase in confidence from pre- to post-treatment was associated with preadolescents' and parents' weight loss. Tailoring treatments to enhance parents' coping skills (e.g., building strategies, targeting high temptation/low confidence scenarios) may maximize preadolescents' weight control.
Descriptors: Obesity, Self Efficacy, Physical Fitness, Preadolescents, Coping, Parents, Children, One Parent Family, Student Attitudes, Adjustment (to Environment), Behavior Modification, Cognitive Restructuring
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