PURPOSE. The purpose of the Parenting SOS study was to reduce childhood obesity by helping parents enhance their stress management skills, use positive discipline, develop family routines, and reinforce healthy behaviors and habits.
The intervention lasted 35 weeks and consisted of 12 parenting sessions. Initial sessions focused on general parenting skills (stress management, effective parenting styles, child behavior management, co-parenting, and time management), and later sessions focused on applying these skills to promote healthier eating and physical activity habits.
The primary outcome was change in child percent body fat. Secondary measures assessed parent and child dietary intake (via three, 24-hour recalls) and physical activity (via accelerometry), general parenting style and practices, nutrition- and physical activity-related parenting practices, and parent motivation to adopt healthier practices.
GRANTOR and CLINICAL TRIALS REGISTRATION INFORMATION
National Institutes of Health – HL091093
Amber Vaughn, MPH, RD – Project Manager
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