Elissa Jelalian

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OBJECTIVE To review the efficacy of existing interventions for pediatric obesity with reference to the Chambless criteria. METHODS Chambless criteria for determining treatment efficacy were applied to 42 randomized studies involving nonschool-based programs targeting childhood and adolescent weight loss. RESULTS We summarize the following dimensions of(More)
OBJECTIVE Since peers have such an important influence on adolescents, we evaluated the efficacy of adding peer-based 'adventure therapy' to a standard cognitive-behavioral weight control program for overweight adolescents. METHODS Adolescents (N = 76) aged 13-16 years and 20 to 80% overweight (M = 60.56%, s.d.=15.17%), were randomly assigned to one of(More)
Investigated the relationships among self-reported injury, risk taking, and perception of injury risk in a sample of 1,426 adolescents, 14 to 18 years old. Both risk taking and injury were higher in males than females across age groups. Having a friend injured the same way was the strongest predictor of injury, accounting for 28% of the variance. Risk(More)
OBJECTIVE Evaluate enrollment numbers, randomization rates, costs, and cost-effectiveness of active versus passive recruitment methods for parent-child dyads into two pediatric obesity intervention trials. METHODS Recruitment methods were categorized into active (pediatrician referral and targeted mailings, with participants identified by(More)
OBJECTIVES We investigated the hypothesis that children with cystic fibrosis (CF) and their parents would show more maladaptive behaviors during dinner than children without CF and their parents. STUDY DESIGN Children with CF (n = 32) and their parents were compared with 29 children without CF and their parents on the rate and frequency of parent-child(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate demographic and psychosocial predictors of attrition and weight loss in a behaviorally based adolescent weight control trial. METHODS AND PROCEDURES Adolescents (N = 76) aged 13-16 years and 20-80% overweight (M = 60.56%, s.d. = 15.17%) received standard group-based behavioral treatment as part of a randomized trial comparing(More)
Implemented behavioral parent training targeting maladaptive mealtime behavior with two children with cystic fibrosis (CF) and their parents. Treatment was implemented in multiple baseline fashion across the two families. Primary dependent measure was coding of parent and child behaviors from videotaped dinners. Data were also collected on the children's(More)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the utility of adding a peer-based intervention (peer-based skills training [PBST]) to a traditional cognitive–behavioral weight management intervention for overweight adolescents. Sixteen adolescents between the ages of 13 and 16 years and between 30 and 80$percnt; overweight participated in a 16-week group-based(More)
The purpose of this review is to provide a comprehensive update of epidemiologic studies that have assessed the association between sleep and obesity risk. Data suggest that short sleep is associated with an increased risk for being or becoming overweight/obese or having increased body fat. Late bedtimes are also a risk factor for overweight/obesity.(More)
Increasing attention is being focused on potential risk factors that may lead to overweight in children and adolescents and that may, therefore, be important targets for intervention. Historically, children's eating and activity habits have received considerable attention in programmatic research targeted at prevention and treatment of overweight. However,(More)