Caregiver Concern in Adolescents with Persistent Obesity: The Importance of Quality of Life Assessment

ArticleinJournal of developmental and behavioral pediatrics: JDBP 34(1):9-14 · January 2013with5 Reads
Impact Factor: 2.13 · DOI: 10.1097/DBP.0b013e31827c1345 · Source: PubMed


    : To examine female caregiver and adolescent dyad characteristics that predict the female caregiver's concern about their adolescent's weight and the degree to which caregiver concern predicts desire for physician intervention.
    : Fifty-three caregivers of adolescents with persistent obesity were asked to report on their adolescent's quality of life (QOL), weight status, concern about their adolescent's weight, and desire for physician intervention.
    : Results indicated that only caregiver-reported QOL was a meaningful predictor of caregiver concern for African-American adolescents with persistent obesity accounting for 51% of the variance and that caregiver concern predicted desire for physician intervention accounting for 46% of the variance.
    : Based on these findings, it is recommended that practitioners assess caregiver perception of obesity-specific QOL in their adolescent patients with persistent obesity, particularly those who are African-American.