Description of an intervention to treat binge‐eating behaviors among adolescents: Applying the Template for Intervention Descriptions and Replication Academic Article uri icon


  • Binge-eating disorder (BED) is related to deleterious physical, social, and psychological outcomes among adolescents, and is more common among racial and ethnic minorities. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), an evidence-based treatment for disorders of emotion dysregulation, has demonstrated efficacy in treating disordered eating patterns. While DBT interventions have demonstrated success among adults with BED, less is known about adaptation of DBT for adolescents presenting with BED and subthreshold binge-eating behaviors. This paper describes the Emotional Overeating Intervention, a 10-week DBT skills-based group intervention for adolescents exhibiting binge-eating behaviors. The Template for Intervention Description and Replication (TIDieR) checklist is used to describe the intervention with the intention of providing necessary details to implement the intervention in clinical practice or replicate the intervention for further study. The rationale for a condensed version of DBT, potential modifications for future implementation, and the importance of adapting the intervention in a developmentally and culturally responsive manner are discussed. This adapted treatment modality can guide future studies examining interventions for adolescents exhibiting binge-eating behaviors.

altmetric score

  • 0.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Pluhar, E. I., Kamody, R. C., Sanchez, J., Thurston, I. B., & Burton, E. T.

citation count

  • 8

publication date

  • October 2018