Original ArticleCaregiver Concern in Adolescents with Persistent Obesity The Importance of Quality of Life AssessmentCushing, Christopher C. PhD*; Bishop-Gilyard, Chanelle T. PsyD†,‡; Boles, Richard E. PhD§; Reiter-Purtill, Jennifer PhD‖; Zeller, Meg H. PhD‖ Author Information *Department of Psychology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK †Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA ‡The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA §University of Colorado, Denver, CO ‖Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH. Address for reprints: Meg H. Zeller, PhD, Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, MLC-3015, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 3333, Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229; e-mail: [email protected]. This research was funded by a grant from the NIH (K23 DK60031) and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Research Foundation awarded to M.H. Zeller. Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest. Received June , 2012 Accepted October , 2012 Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics 34(1):p 9-14, January 2013. | DOI: 10.1097/DBP.0b013e31827c1345 Buy Metrics Abstract Objective: To examine female caregiver and adolescent dyad characteristics that predict the female caregiver’s concern about their adolescent’s weight and the degree to which caregiver concern predicts desire for physician intervention. Method: Fifty-three caregivers of adolescents with persistent obesity were asked to report on their adolescent’s quality of life (QOL), weight status, concern about their adolescent’s weight, and desire for physician intervention. Results: Results indicated that only caregiver-reported QOL was a meaningful predictor of caregiver concern for African-American adolescents with persistent obesity accounting for 51% of the variance and that caregiver concern predicted desire for physician intervention accounting for 46% of the variance. Conclusion: Based on these findings, it is recommended that practitioners assess caregiver perception of obesity-specific QOL in their adolescent patients with persistent obesity, particularly those who are African-American. © 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.