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The internet-based My Body, My Life: Body Image Program for adolescent girls improves body image and disordered eating

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Susan J Paxton

Correspondence to: Professor Susan J Paxton, School of Psychological Science, La Trobe University, Bundoora Campus, Melbourne 3086, Australia; susan.paxton@latrobe.edu.au

QUESTION

Question:

Can an internet-based group intervention improve body image and eating problems in adolescent girls?

Patients:

73 adolescent girls aged 12–18 years (mean age 14.4 years) who self-identified as having body image or eating problems and who had access to the internet. Main exclusions: body mass index (BMI) <5th percentile for age and gender, diagnosis of anorexia nervosa, or receiving treatment for an eating or other psychiatric disorder.

Setting:

High schools in Victoria and New South Wales in Australia; time period not stated.

Intervention:

Immediate My Body, My Life: Body Image Program for Adolescent Girls (http://www.latrobe.edu.au/psy/projects/bodylife/index.html) or delayed start of the same programme (waiting list control). The programme consisted of a guided self-help manual supported through six internet-based group sessions (delivered weekly). The weekly group sessions included 4–8 participants, lasted 90 min and were facilitated by a trained therapist. Girls …

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