Interactive programme to enhance protective factors for eating disorders in girls with type 1 diabetes

Simon Wilksch, Karina Starkey, Anne Gannoni, Tania Kelly, Tracey Wade

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    Aims: This study evaluated the effectiveness of a pilot programme in enhancing protective factors for eating disorders in young girls with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Methods: Twenty girls with T1D (M age=11.06 years) attended two 4-h group sessions. A 4-week baseline control period was compared against changes at post-programme and at 1-month follow-up on measures of eating disorder risk factors and indicators of glycaemic control. Results: At post-intervention, significant improvements were found for self-efficacy related to diabetes management, self-esteem, body-esteem,thin-ideal internalization and perfectionism. These gains were maintained at 1-month follow-up. Participants were also rated by their parents as assuming more responsibility for specific diabetes-related tasks at follow-up. Conclusions: A brief interactive programme can favourably impact protective factors for disordered eating. The development of effective disordered eating prevention strategies for girls with T1D is an urgent priority and the current study is a first step in this direction.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)315-321
    Number of pages7
    JournalEarly Intervention in Psychiatry
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013


    • Diabetes mellitus
    • Eating disorder
    • Prevention
    • Risk factor
    • Type 1


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