“What’s the Point when you only lose a pound?” Reasons for attrition from a multi-component childhood obesity treatment interventions: a qualitative inquiry.

STANIFORD, L.J., COPELAND, Robert and BRECKON, Jeff (2018). “What’s the Point when you only lose a pound?” Reasons for attrition from a multi-component childhood obesity treatment interventions: a qualitative inquiry. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 1-16.

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Abstract

This study explored the causes of drop-out from a community-based multicomponent childhood obesity treatment intervention (MCTI), considering parent and child perspectives in order to develop future interventions which manage potential attrition more effectively. Semi-structured interviews explored attrition amongst a sample of children (n=10) and their parents (n=10) who dropped out of a community-based MCTI. Parents and children highlighted psychological and motivational issues (e.g. misaligned expectations, lack of desire to make behaviour changes and perceived costs of change outweigh the perceived gains) as the driving factor for their attrition alongside attitudinal, environmental, interpersonal and treatment variables. The complexity and interaction of factors associated with attrition identified in this study points to the challenges associated with reducing drop-out in MCTI’s. The views of families’ should be a key consideration in the design and implementation of treatment interventions to harness and sustain commitment to the treatment process.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/2159676X.2018.1474375
Depositing User: Jill Hazard
Date Deposited: 10 May 2018 09:20
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2018 13:35
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/21100

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