This study investigated the effectiveness of cognitive self-management training as an adjunct to the behavioural management of childhood obesity. Twenty-seven overweight children aged 7-13 years were randomly assigned to either behavioural management plus relaxation placebo or a combined behavioural cognitive self management approach. Evaluations following the eight treatment sessions revealed a significant reduction in percentage overweight children in both experimental groups and improvements were maintained at 3- and -6 month follow-ups. Both conditions were also effective in reducing the number of high risk foods consumed. No difference in outcome was found between treatments at the post treatment assessment or 3 and 6-month follow -ups. Although a reduction in percentage overweight of around 9% was found for both procedures subjects in general remained considerably overweight.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines|
|Publication status||Published - 1993|
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive therapy