Masters Thesis

Stimulus control and cognitive restructuring in a behavioral weight reduction study.

This study results from the growing interest in behavioral weight reduction. It is concerned with refining behavioral techniques, e.g., stimulus control and cognitive restructuring, and establishing parameters of their effectiveness. Forty-seven subjects (Ss) were initially assigned to three self-control treatment groups and a control group, matching for age, percent overweight, and sex. Follow-up data were obtained for thirty-four Ss. Significant weight losses were obtained for all four groups, and there were no significant differences across groups at the end of training (six weeks), at follow-up (thirty-five weeks), or during the twenty-nine week follow-up period. Of the treatments, stimulus control and cognitive restructuring did not add significantly to weight loss. Implications of the findings are discussed and compared with other studies. Suggestions for further research are made.

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