An extension of Rachlin's commitment model to obese and normal weight adults

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Maria Zakrzewski (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Advisor
Rosemary O. Nelson

Abstract: Behavior therapists are employing self-control techniques to reduce the frequency of behavior such as overeating and smoking. Self-control becomes necessary when a person is faced with a choice between two incompatible responses. One response (lack of self-control) leads to immediate reinforcement, and the other response (self-control) is followed by delayed reinforcement. One class of techniques involved in self-control is stimulus control. Using stimulus control, a person sets up the environment to avoid the difficult choice situation and thus respond in accordance with the long term contingencies. Rachlin's term for stimulus control is "commitment strategy." Prior research on the commitment model used pigeons and children as subjects. The present study investigated the applicability of Rachlin's commitment model to normal-weight and obese adults.

Additional Information

Publication
Dissertation
Language: English
Date: 1977
Subjects
Obesity $x Treatment
Behavior therapy

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