Preliminary findings for calcium intake in children with cystic fibrosis following behavioral intervention for caloric intake

Lori J. Stark, Laura M. Mackner, Jennifer H. Kessler, Lisa C. Opipari, Alexandra L. Quittner

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This study examined the effectiveness of a 7-session (9 week) behavioral intervention aimed at increasing caloric intake on dietary calcium (Ca) intake in children with cystic fibrosis (CF). Diet diaries collected 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after treatment were reanalyzed for Ca intake in 44 children with CF ages 3 to 12 years of age. Paired t test analysis revealed a significant increase in mean daily dietary Ca pre- (1,006 mg/Ca/day) to posttreatment (1,467 mg/Ca/day), t(43) = 6.56, p < .001. Follow-up data on 15 participants demonstrated maintenance of these gains 12 months after treatment. Behavioral interventions appear promising for increasing dietary Ca intake in children with CF.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-118
Number of pages12
JournalChildren's Health Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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