Effects of a controlled family-based health education/counseling intervention

Am J Health Behav. Sep-Oct 2005;29(5):395-406. doi: 10.5555/ajhb.2005.29.5.395.


Objective: To describe the effects of a controlled family-based health education/counseling intervention on health behaviors of children with a familial history of cardiovascular diseases (FH-CVDs).

Methods: The intervention group (IG, n=432) received 5 counseling sessions. The control groups 1 (CG1, n=200) and 2 (CG2, n=423) received no counseling. Outcome measures comprised changes in diet, exercise, and cigarette smoking.

Results: The changes in the use of fats and salt, and in exercise, were more favorable in IG than in CG1 and/or CG2.

Conclusion: Health education/counseling produced positive effects on diet and nutrition in particular and in part in exercise.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control
  • Child
  • Child Behavior
  • Counseling*
  • Family Therapy / methods*
  • Feeding Behavior
  • Female
  • Finland
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Education / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Male