A recent study suggests that utilizing a cognitive behavioral skills intervention with text messages has the potential for supporting clinical care of preschool children with overweight and obesity and their families.
Fifteen preschooler-parent dyads completed a 7-week cognitive behavioral skills building intervention. Skills learned in the cognitive behavioral sessions were supported using tailored, adaptive text messaging (TEXT2COPE). Using an automated software application, messages were delivered based on desired content, timing, and frequency to support behaviour change or skills practice at home.
Results from this pilot study showed a significant increase in parental beliefs in their ability to engage in healthy lifestyles and self-reported healthy lifestyle behaviors. Furthermore, all parents reported the program as being useful, and indicated a desire to have their pediatric primary care incorporate the text messaging as an additional form of communication.