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Randomized Controlled Comparison of Two Cognitive Behavioral Therapies for Obese Children: Mother versus Mother-Child Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Munsch, Simone and Roth, Binia and Michael, Tanja and Meyer, Andrea Hans and Biedert, Esther and Roth, Sandra and Speck, Vanessa and Zumsteg, Urs and Isler, Emanuel and Margraf, Jürgen. (2008) Randomized Controlled Comparison of Two Cognitive Behavioral Therapies for Obese Children: Mother versus Mother-Child Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 77 (4). pp. 235-246.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Parent-child treatments have been shown to be superior to child-focused treatments of childhood obesity. Yet until now, the comparative effectiveness of parent-only and parent-child approaches has been little studied. METHOD: Fifty-six obese children and their families were randomly assigned to a 16-session cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for the parents only or for a combined treatment of parents and children. Children's percent overweight, the body mass index of their mothers, and behavioral and psychological problems of children and mothers were assessed. RESULTS: Both treatments reduced children's percent overweight significantly and equally by 6-month follow-up. Also both treatments provided similar results in reducing general behavior problems (externalizing and internalizing behavior problems), global and social anxiety, and depression. CONCLUSIONS: Our results point to a comparable efficacy of the two treatments. Further, psychological well-being of both mothers and children can be improved in a CBT for obese children and their parents. Future studies should focus on finding ways to improve the adherence of families to long-term treatment of obesity in childhood.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Ehemalige Einheiten Psychologie > Abteilung Klinische Psychologie und Psychiatrie
03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Kinder- und Jugendheilkunde (Klinik) > Kinder- und Jugendheilkunde (UKBB) > Pädiatrie (Frey)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Kinder- und Jugendheilkunde (Klinik) > Kinder- und Jugendheilkunde (UKBB) > Pädiatrie (Frey)
UniBasel Contributors:Munsch, Simone and Michael, Tanja and Meyer, Andrea Hans and Biedert, Esther and Margraf, Jürgen and Roth, Sandra
Item Type:Article
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:Karger
ISSN:0033-3190
e-ISSN:1423-0348
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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