Role of Parenting Skills and Parenting Style in Pediatric Weight Loss Programs

This study has been completed.
Brown University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Kay Rhee, University of California, San Diego Identifier:
First received: October 20, 2009
Last updated: June 18, 2013
Last verified: June 2013

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the role of different parenting skills and parenting styles in the success of children enrolled in a family-based behavioral weight control program and to compare these skills and styles to those used by families with normal weight children.

Condition Intervention
Pediatric Obesity
Behavioral: Family-based behavioral weight control intervention

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Role of Parenting Skills, Style and Family Functioning in Pediatric Weight Loss

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Further study details as provided by University of California, San Diego:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in parenting skills and parenting style [ Time Frame: 0 and 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in child BMI z-score [ Time Frame: 0 and 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 44
Study Start Date: June 2009
Study Completion Date: May 2012
Primary Completion Date: May 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Family-based weight control
Group-based family therapy for weight loss in children age 8-12 years.
Behavioral: Family-based behavioral weight control intervention
Standard behavioral weight control program for children ages 8-12 years old and their parents in a family-based intervention.

Detailed Description:

Pediatric overweight has nearly tripled in the past several decades and while family-based behavioral weight control programs are the mainstay of treatment, there is considerable variability in their outcomes. Parents play an important role in the success of their children, particularly by implementing new behavioral skills. However recent evidence has also suggested that parenting style, or the way a parent interacts with their child and provides emotional support and discipline, may be another key element in pediatric weight control. Our goal is to evaluate the role of specific parenting (behavioral) skills and parenting style in the success of children enrolled in a standard family-based behavioral weight control intervention. Our goal is to examine whether specific parenting (behavioral) skills and parenting style change during the intervention and whether or not this change is related to changes in the child's BMI z-score.


Ages Eligible for Study:   8 Years to 12 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • children between and including the ages of 8-12 years old
  • child BMI >= 85th percentile
  • parent willing to attend all treatment meetings
  • parent and child must be able to speak, read, and understand English

Exclusion Criteria:

  • a family member who is participating in another weight loss program
  • the child has any serious medical problem that would limit his/her participation in the study, for example, gastrointestinal diseases, cardiac disease, immune compromised state, chronic steroid use or other medication that impacts weight, developmental delays.
  • child with serious food allergies that would compromise adherence to dietary recommendations
  • any family member has a major psychiatric disease or organic brain syndrome
  • family is going to move outside the metropolitan area within the time frame of the study
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01004341

United States, California
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, California, United States, 92093
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of California, San Diego
Brown University
Principal Investigator: Kyung E Rhee, MD, MSc University of California, San Diego
  More Information

Responsible Party: Kay Rhee, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego Identifier: NCT01004341     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: K23HD057299
Study First Received: October 20, 2009
Last Updated: June 18, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by University of California, San Diego:
pediatric obesity
parenting style
feeding style
behavioral skills
parenting skills
family meals

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pediatric Obesity
Nutrition Disorders
Overnutrition processed this record on August 31, 2015