Counseling Psychology
Research projects

Development and Evaluation of an Age-Appropriate Training Program for Obese Adolescents and Young Adults (YOUTH)

supported by BMBF
Leader: Prof. Dr Petra Warschburger
Research: Dipl.-Psych. Kristin Deddner
Timeline: February 2011 - February 2016

This project aims to develop and evaluate an intervention program specifically designed for obese adolescents aged 16 - 21 (YOUTH). Its focus lies on age-appropriate encouragement of self management skills, to ensure long-lasting therapeutic success after inpatient rehabilitation. In advance of the program development, 20 qualitative interviews with obese adolescents and a questionnaire survey with 100 male and female youths will be accomplished, asking them about their needs and wishes regarding such program. Based on these investigations and in line with preliminary work, we will develop an interactive, patient-oriented program. In order to evaluate the program's short (6 months) and long term (12 months) effectiveness concerning the weight status (primary outcome, BMI-SDS) and quality of life (secondary outcome), a controlled intervention study will be conducted with 125 adolescents. The control group will be a "treatment as usual" group due to ethical and contextual reasons (training programs are already established and successful), including all age groups and the conventional training implemented in all facilities. At the time of the follow-up, significant differences between both groups are expected, i.e. the study group shows a more favourable progression in terms of the BMI-status and quality of life. Predictors of therapy success will be analysed.


  • Charlottenhall Rehabilitations- und Vorsorgeklinik gGmbH, Bad Salzungen
  • Edelsteinklinik - Fachklinik für Kinder- und Jugendrehabilitation, Bruchweiler
  • Hochgebirgsklinik Mittelberg Rehaklinik für Kinder und Jugendliche und Mutter-Kind-Klinik, Oy-Mittelberg
  • Kinder-Reha-Klinik "Am Nicolausholz", Bad Kösen
  • Ostseestrandklinik "Klaus Störtebeker", Kölpinsee
  • Spessart-Klinik Bad Orb GmbH, Bad Orb
  • Viktoriastift Bad Kreuznach, Bad Kreuznach

This project is registered with the German Registry of Clinical Studies (Deutsche Register Klinischer Studien, DRKS) under id DRKS00003424 and is publically viewable at the WHO search portal.


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