ERIC Number: EJ796625
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Moving from Efficacy to Effectiveness in Eating Disorders Prevention: The Sorority Body Image Program
Becker, Carolyn Black; Ciao, Anna C.; Smith, Lisa M.
Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, v15 n1 p18-27 Feb 2008
Although eating disorders prevention research has begun to produce programs with demonstrated efficacy, many such programs simply target individuals as opposed to engaging broader social systems (e.g., schools, sororities, athletic teams) as participant collaborators in eating disorders prevention. Yet, social systems ultimately will be responsible for the real-world delivery of eating disorder prevention programs, suggesting that an important issue has yet to be addressed. Namely, it is unclear to what degree efficacious individual-focused eating disorder prevention programs remain effective when incorporated into critical social systems under real-world conditions. Over the past 5 years, we have collaborated with the campus sororities in the development of a sustainable eating disorders prevention program that is based on the prevention efficacy literature. This paper describes both challenges and helpful strategies that we encountered in tailoring an evidence-based eating disorders prevention program to the needs of a relevant social system.
Descriptors: Prevention, Eating Disorders, Sororities, Program Effectiveness, Social Systems, Health Programs
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Education Level: Higher Education
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