Acceptability of a Brief, Intensive Adolescent Obesity Intervention With Wellness Coaching

Bridget K. Biggs, Kristin S. Vickers, Julie C. Hathaway, Deanna R. Hofschulte, Matthew M. Clark, Melissa D. Mapes, Angela L. Murad, Nolan W. Peterson, Bradly Prigge, Seema Kumar, Megan L. Cunningham, Donald D. Hensrud

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Objective: This report describes data regarding the acceptability of delivering a family-based behavioral lifestyle intervention for adolescent obesity in a brief, intensive onsite program (initial 3 sequential days + 1 follow-up day) combined with telephonic wellness coaching (WC). Methods: Four cohorts consisting of 7 adolescents aged 15–17 years (self-identifying as 4 male, 2 female, 1 transgender male; 6 White, 1 African American and White) and thirteen parents participated in a new clinical intervention consisting of 3 days onsite programming, 3-months telephonic wellness coaching, and 1 day onsite follow up. Enrollment, attendance, and retention were recorded. Participants provided quantitative and qualitative feedback regarding acceptability of the program during postintervention interviews. Results: Of 11 families invited, 8 enrolled. Seven families participated, with 1 family lost to follow up. Adolescents completed an average 5.6/9 planned WC sessions. Adolescents rated the program positively overall and liked experiential sessions best. However, participants reported the onsite program was too long, they encountered barriers to sustained engagement during wellness coaching follow up, and parents desired greater guidance and structure for their involvement. Conclusions: Combining in-person sessions with telephonic wellness coaching was acceptable to participants, but intervention refinement is needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalClinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology
StateAccepted/In press - 2022


  • Acceptability
  • Adolescent obesity
  • Behavioral intervention
  • Wellness coaching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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