Application of an Algorithm-Driven Protocol to Simultaneously Provide Universal and Targeted Prevention Programs


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Abstract

Objective:Our objective was to develop a model to simultaneously prevent eating disorders and weight gain among female high school students.Method:Of 188 female 10th graders enrolled in health classes, 174 elected to participate in the current study. They were assessed on-line and decided to participate in one of four interventions appropriate to their risk.Results:The algorithm identified 111 no-risk (NR), 36 eating disorder risk (EDR), 16 overweight risk (OR), and 5 both risks. Fifty-six percent of the EDR and 50% of the OR groups elected to receive the recommended targeted curricula. Significant improvements in weight and shape concerns were observed in all groups.Discussion:An Internet-delivered program can be used to assess risk and provide simultaneous universal and targeted interventions in classroom settings. © 2005 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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