Portland State University. Department of Psychology
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology
1 online resource (48p.)
Much of the research on obesity has been designed to explore its relationship to the behavior of overeating. Although a number of physiological, societal, cultural and family background variables have been detailed, researchers have sought an approach that does not rely heavily on these considerations. Most weight reduction programs fail to recognize and concentrate on empirically demonstrated differences between obese and normal subjects. Researchers have shown that obese subjects seem to be more sensitive to external than internal stimuli. A behavioral approach to weight reduction that emphasizes and uses these external stimuli was hypothesized to be the treatment of choice. A Self-Modification program was designed to maximize the use of external stimuli. An Aversion Therapy approach that utilized electrostimulation was the alternative treatment procedure. The two treatment procedures were compared with a Control approach. Each of the two treatment approaches and the Control approach consisted of twelve subjects.
Davidson, Albert Blake, "Obesity : Two Behavioral Approaches to Weight Reduction" (1975). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 2218.