First Advisor

Pamela O. Munter

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology






Weight loss -- Psychological aspects



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1 online resource (74 p.)


Weight control is an area of research which continues to generate attention in an endeavor to find the most effective and long lasting weight loss methods. In the realm of the behavioral modification of weight control, emphasis has been given to the impact of external stimuli on eating behavior. Less well researched are internal stimuli, that is, cognitive events, feelings, and thoughts which influence eating habits. The literature on obesity has yet to empirically differentiate the effects of the cognitive and external factors on weight control. A cognitive restructuring approach to weight reduction was hypothesized to be the more effective treatment when compared to a strictly external self-modification weight control program. The Cognitive Restructuring group received training in cognitive intervention techniques such as, rehearsal, covert sensitization, relaxation, cognitive countering, recording of moods, and covert imagery, in addition to skills in external cue control. The external group was designed to maximize the incorporation of external cues in a weight control paradigm. The two treatment methods were compared with a control group. Each treatment group and control group consisted of six subjects.


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