StudentBodies-eating disorders: A randomized controlled trial of a coached online intervention for subclinical eating disorders

Jenine Saekow, Megan Jones, Elise Gibbs, Corinna Jacobi, Ellen E. Fitzsimmons-Craft, Denise Wilfley, C. Barr Taylor

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Abstract

Objective: Eating disorders and subclinical eating disorders are serious and disabling diseases with high prevalence rates on college campuses. Many symptomatic students are never screened nor formally diagnosed with an eating disorder and do not receive mental health treatment. Method: This pilot study examines the feasibility, acceptability, and short-term efficacy of a 10-week online intervention, StudentBodies-Eating Disorders, designed to reduce eating disorder symptoms, related psychopathology, and weight and shape concerns. A total of 65 participants were randomized to the online intervention or waitlist control. Results: Results indicate that for study completers, the intervention had large effects for reduction of eating-related psychopathology (. d=. 1.5), weight concerns (. d=. .7), and psychosocial impairment (. d=. .7). Those who completed it rated the program very acceptable. This pilot study suggests the potential efficacy of StudentBodies-Eating Disorders as a self-help intervention for subclinical eating disorders in a non-clinical setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-428
Number of pages10
JournalInternet Interventions
Volume2
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015

Keywords

  • Coaching
  • College students
  • Eating disorders
  • Guided self-help
  • Internet
  • Prevention
  • Stepped care

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