The treatment validity of classifying obese clients on a cognitive measure

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Susan Elizabeth Willis (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Rosemery Nelson

Abstract: This dissertation investigated client-by-treatment interactions in the treatment of obesity and examined process issues related to the two treatments employed. Specifically, the "treatment validity" of classifying subjects on the basis of the severity of their negative and self-defeating eating-related thoughts was examined by evaluating the contribution of the assessment distinction to treatment effectiveness for two types of treatment. The prediction was made that subjects high in such thoughts would respond better to a cognitive treatment, while subjects low in such thoughts would respond better to a behavioral treatment. Thirty-two clinically overweight females participated. On the basis of their scores on the Master Questionnaire and a role-play task, subjects were classified as "high" or "low" on the self-reported frequency of negative and self-defeating eating-related thoughts. Subjects then received one of two self-control treatments for weight control: (a) a cognitive change treatment, or (b) a behavior change treatment. Weight measures, psychological measures, and measures of change in cognitions and eating habits were collected pre-and-post-treatment and analyzed statistically.

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Language: English
Date: 1986
Reducing diets
Obesity $x Psychological aspects

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