Distinguishing factors that influence attendance and behaviour change in family‐based treatment of childhood obesity: A qualitative study

WATSON, Paula, DUGDILL, Lindsey, PICKERING, Katie, HARGREAVES, Jackie, STANIFORD, Leanne, OWEN, Stephanie, MURPHY, Rebecca, KNOWLES, Zoe, JOHNSON, Laura and CABLE, Timothy (2020). Distinguishing factors that influence attendance and behaviour change in family‐based treatment of childhood obesity: A qualitative study. British Journal of Health Psychology.

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Objectives For the effective treatment of childhood obesity, intervention attendance and behaviour change at home are both important. The purpose of this study was to qualitatively explore influences on attendance and behaviour change during a family‐based intervention to treat childhood obesity in the North West of England (Getting Our Active Lifestyles Started (GOALS)). Design Focus groups with children and parents/carers as part of a broader mixed‐methods evaluation. Methods Eighteen focus groups were conducted with children (n = 39, 19 boys) and parents/carers (n = 34, 5 male) to explore their experiences of GOALS after 6 weeks of attendance (/18 weeks). Data were analysed thematically to identify influences on attendance and behaviour change. Results Initial attendance came about through targeted referral (from health care professionals and letters in school) and was influenced by motivations for a brighter future. Once at GOALS, it was the fun, non‐judgemental healthy lifestyle approach that encouraged continued attendance. Factors that facilitated behaviour change included participatory learning as a family, being accountable and gradual realistic goal setting, whilst challenges focussed on fears about the intervention ending and a lack of support from non‐attending significant others. Conclusions Factors that influence attendance and behaviour change are distinct and may be important at different stages of the family’s change process. Practitioners are encouraged to tailor strategies to support both attendance and behaviour change, with a focus on whole family participation within and outside the intervention.

Item Type: Article
Pickering, Katie
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1117 Public Health and Health Services; 1608 Sociology; 1701 Psychology; Clinical Psychology
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/bjhp.12456
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2020 10:44
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2021 23:49
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/26623

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