Reducing risk factors for eating disorders: Targeting at-risk women with a computerized psychoeducational program

Marion F. Zabinski, Meredith A. Pung, Denise E. Wilfley, Dori L. Eppstein, Andrew J. Winzelberg, Angela Celio, C. Barr Taylor

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Abstract

Objective: This controlled study evaluated whether an 8-week program offered over the Internet would significantly decrease body image dissatisfaction, disordered eating patterns, and preoccupation with shape/weight among women at high risk for developing an eating disorder. Method: Fifty-six college women were recruited on the basis of elevated scores (≥110) on the Body Shape Questionnaire (BSQ). Psychological functioning, as measured by the Eating Disorder Inventory Drive for Thinness (EDI-DT) subscale, Eating Disorder Examination-Questionnaire (EDE-Q), and the BSQ, was assessed at baseline, posttreatment, and at 10-week follow-up. Results: All participants improved over time on most measures, although effect sizes suggest that the program did impact the intervention group. Discussion: Findings suggest that technological interventions may be helpful for reducing disordered eating patterns and cognitions among high-risk women. Future research is needed to assess whether such programs are effective over time for prevention of and reduction in eating disorder symptomatology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-408
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

Keywords

  • Computer-based intervention
  • Eating disorders
  • Prevention
  • Risk factors

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