Contribution of Behavior Therapy to Dietary Treatment in Cystic Fibrosis: A Randomized Controlled Study with 2-Year Follow-up

Lori J. Stark, Lisa C. Opipari, Leslie E. Spieth, Elissa Jelalian, Alexandra L. Quittner, Laurie Higgins, Laura Mackner, Kelly Byars, Allan Lapey, Virginia A. Stallings, Christopher Duggan

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Abstract

Behavioral intervention (BI) was compared to nutrition education (NE) to better understand the contribution of behavior therapy to nutrition management in children with cystic fibrosis (CF). Participants were 7 children between 6 and 12 years of age with weight for age percentiles ranging from the 3rd to the 27th. Families in each condition were seen for 7 sessions and provided the same nutrition information and calorie goals. The BI received training on child behavior management. Caloric intake across meals was evaluated via multiple baseline design. Results indicated that the BI had a greater increase in daily caloric intake (1,036 cal/day) and weight gain (1.42 kg) than the NE (408 cal/day, 0.78 kg). Improved caloric intake was maintained 2 years following treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-258
Number of pages22
JournalBehavior Therapy
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003

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  • Clinical Psychology

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    Stark, L. J., Opipari, L. C., Spieth, L. E., Jelalian, E., Quittner, A. L., Higgins, L., Mackner, L., Byars, K., Lapey, A., Stallings, V. A., & Duggan, C. (2003). Contribution of Behavior Therapy to Dietary Treatment in Cystic Fibrosis: A Randomized Controlled Study with 2-Year Follow-up. Behavior Therapy, 34(2), 237-258. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0005-7894(03)80015-1