Peer-Led Dissonance Eating Disorder Prevention: Virtual Delivery

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Stanford University

Status

Completed

Conditions

Eating Disorders

Treatments

Behavioral: Peer Led Group Intervention

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT04433247
54596

Details and patient eligibility

About

This proposed pilot study will evaluate whether this body acceptance class produces greater reductions in eating disorder risk factor symptoms (pursuit of the thin ideal, body dissatisfaction, dieting, dietary restraint and negative affect), eating disorder symptoms, and future onset of eating disorders over 6-month follow-up in this population.

Full description

Dozens of eating disorder prevention programs have been evaluated, but only the 4-hr Body Project has reduced eating disorder symptoms and future eating disorder onset over 3-4 year follow-up, produced larger reductions in outcomes than credible alternative interventions, been shown to engage the intervention target (valuation of the thin beauty ideal), and produced effects in trials from several independent teams. Although undergraduate peer-educator-led Body Project groups have produced larger reductions in outcomes than an eating disorder education video, an unmoderated Internet-based prevention program, and even clinician-led Body Project groups, it can be logistically difficult to schedule in-person Body Project groups with high school and college students. One solution to this key implementation barrier is to have peer educators deliver Body Project groups virtually over the Internet. A pilot trial in Sweden provided initial evidence that virtually-delivered peer-led Body Project groups produced greater reductions in eating disorder symptoms and future onset of eating disorders than an active expressive-writing intervention. The proposed pilot study will evaluate whether Body Project produces greater reductions in risk factor symptoms, eating disorder symptoms, and future onset of eating disorders in this population. Participation in the intervention will last four weeks. Participants will be randomly assigned to the intervention condition or waitlist-control condition. Assessments will take place at pre-intervention, post-intervention, and 6 month follow up. Waitlist control participants will receive the intervention after they complete their post-test assessment.

Enrollment

75 patients

Sex

Female

Ages

16 to 26 years old

Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

Body image concerns

Exclusion criteria

N/A

Trial design

Primary purpose

Prevention

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

Single Blind

75 participants in 2 patient groups

Peer Led Group Intervention
Experimental group
Description:
In the virtual peer-led group Intervention, participants voluntarily engage in verbal, written, and behavioral exercises in which they critique and discuss the costs of pursuing the thin-ideal ideal. The intervention is 4 sessions long (1-hr each) and is administered by trained peer facilitators who use an intervention script. Participants will be asked to complete weekly home exercises throughout the course of the intervention.
Treatment:
Behavioral: Peer Led Group Intervention
Wait-List Control
No Intervention group
Description:
Participants will be placed on a wait list for four weeks, an equal span of time of participants in the peer led group intervention. At four weeks, participants will complete their post-test assessment, then receive the intervention.

Trial contacts and locations

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