A brief motivational intervention to improve dietary adherence in adolescents

TitleA brief motivational intervention to improve dietary adherence in adolescents
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsBerg-Smith, SM, Stevens, VJ, Brown, KM, Van Horn, L, Gernhofer, N, Peters, E, Greenberg, R, Snetselaar, L, Ahrens, L, Smith, K
JournalHealth Education Research
PublisherOxford Univ Press
Place PublishedUnited Kingdom
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0268-11531465-3648
Accession Number1999-01447-008. First Author & Affiliation: Berg-Smith, S. M.
KeywordsAdolescent Attitudes, Cholesterol, Dietary Restraint, interviewing, Motivation, motivational interviewing, motivational interviews, dietary fat intake, 13–17 yr olds with high low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, 6–9 yr followup

Evaluated a motivational intervention to encourage lower intake of fat by adolescents. The Dietary Intervention Study in Children (DISC) identified 127 adolescents (aged 13–17 yrs) as candidates for a individually focused motivational intervention to decrease their dietary fat intake. Ss participated in a 7-step intervention model, followed by a session 4–8 wks later. Two wks subsequently, 3 24–hr dietary recalls were collected and compared with dietary recalls collected in the year previous to individual intervention. Results show the mean proportion of calories from fat intake decreased from 27.7% to 25.6%. Self-reported readiness to change increased by approximately 1 point on a 12-step scale. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)

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