Computer-Assisted Behavioral Health Counseling for High School Students

Kent F. Burnett, Patricia E. Magel, Susan Harrington, C. Barr Taylor

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Computer-assisted behavioral health counseling for high school students (n = 45) was compared with an educational intervention in which health tip sheets were distributed (n = 17) and with an assessment-only condition (n = 15). In addition, overweight subjects in the computer-assisted counseling condition received computer-generated feedback designed to encourage weight reduction. At the conclusion of the 12-week study period, subjects in the computer-assisted counseling condition reported significant reductions in saturated fat and cholesterol consumption and significant increases in fiber and complex carbohydrate consumption. Subjects in the two control conditions also reported dietary improvement but to a lesser degree. Overweight subjects in the computer-assisted counseling condition lost a mean of 6.5 lb (2.95 kg; SD = 8.43 lb, 3.83 kg) compared with a mean weight loss of 1.25 lb (.57 kg; SD = 2.99 lb, 1.36 kg) for the assessment-only subjects and mean weight gain of 2.75 lb (1.25 kg; SD = 3.40 lb, 1.55 kg) for subjects in the health tips conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-67
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Counseling Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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