Acceptance-based Care for Child Eating and Physical Activity Treatment
The overarching aims of this project are to develop and pilot test a novel, patient-centered, family model for weight management [Acceptance-based Behavioral Treatment (ABBT)] in children aged 8-12 with obesity and their caregivers. Our aims are (1) to determine the treatment needs of children aged 8-12 with obesity and their families with a focus on executive functioning and (2) to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of family ABBT.
- Pediatric Obesity
- Executive Function
- Eligible Ages
- Between 8 Years and 12 Years
- Eligible Genders
- Accepts Healthy Volunteers
- Children who: (1) have a BMI ≥ 85th percentile; (2) are ≥8 and ≤12 years old at the beginning of treatment; (3) can read, write, and speak English, along with their caregiver; (4) plan to stay living in the local area during the study period; (5) have a consenting caregiver who can commit to all study procedures and provide reliable travel.
- Children who: (1) have been diagnosed with a medical condition and/or are taking medication known to affect appetite/weight; (2) are currently participating in a formal weight management program beyond usual medical care or have a caregiver participating in a formal weight management program; (3) had a caregiver participate in focus groups.
- Study Type
- Intervention Model
- Single Group Assignment
- Primary Purpose
- None (Open Label)
Acceptance-based Behavioral Treatment
|Family acceptance-based behavioral treatment (ABBT) will be piloted with 16 child-caregiver pairs. At weeks 0 (pre-treatment), 9 (mid-treatment), and 18 (post-treatment), feedback regarding the feasibility and acceptability will be collected from participants through surveys and semi-structured group interviews to refine the family ABBT protocol.||
- University of Alabama at Birmingham
Study ContactCaroline Keller, MPH
Pilot Treatment Group. Children and caregivers who meet preliminary eligibility via phone screening will be scheduled for a baseline visit within one month of the first treatment session. During this visit, eligibility will be confirmed including height/weight measurements to determine BMI and informed consent/assent procedures will be conducted. Pairs providing informed consent/assent will complete questionnaires, measurements, and cognitive testing. Pre- and post-evaluations are estimated to take less than 70 minutes to complete. The assessments will be identical with the exception of online food/activity monitoring training at pre-treatment only and program evaluation surveys at post-evaluation only. Each treatment group will include a total of 8 child-caregiver pairs (total of 16 child-caregiver dyads with groups combined). A total of 18 weekly treatment sessions will be held over 4.5 months for the ABBT protocol at a rate of 1 session per week. Semi-structured group interviews will be incorporated into an extended treatment session at week 9 and week 18 to assess caregiver and child experiences with the program.