Before/Afterschool Activity

In Favor of Myself program

Initiative Description: The program consisted of nine 90 minute lessons delivered weekly over 2 months. Discussion topics included introduction and contract establishment, self-esteem and body image during adolescence, effect of mass media, advertisements, stereotypes and beauty myths on self-esteem, body image and behaviors, and influence of interpersonal and intrapersonal communication on self-esteem and body image. Measures were taken at baseline, at conclusion of the program (2 months), and at follow-up (3 months).

Study Results: At program termination and follow-up, the impact of In Favor of Myself was higher among participants in the after-school setting than in the school-based setting with respect to advertisement strategies, media pressure, gap between current and ideal body image, drive for thinness and self-esteem.

Reference: Goran, M., & Ahmad., W.A. (2018). School-based vs after-school delivery of a universal wellness program: A randomized controlled mutli-arm trial. Eating Behaviors, 31, 41-47.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good