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

Watson, PM ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1575-246X, Dugdill, L, Pickering, K, Hargreaves, J, Staniford, LJ, Owen, S, Murphy, RC, Knowles, ZR, Johnson, LJ and Cable, NT 2020, 'Distinguishing factors that influence attendance and behaviour change in family‐based treatment of childhood obesity: a qualitative study' , British Journal of Health Psychology, 26 (1) , pp. 67-89.

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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
Schools: Schools > School of Health Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Health Psychology
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 2044-8287
Funders: Funding for the study was received from the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund and Area-Based Grant as part of Liverpool’s Taste for Health strategy (Liverpool City Council and Liverpool PCT).
SWORD Depositor: Publications Router
Depositing User: Publications Router
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2022 12:16
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2022 12:16
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/65714

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