ERIC Number: ED050404
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-May
Reference Count: 0
Covert Sensitization for the Treatment of Obesity.
Lick, Judy; Bootzin, Richard
Forty adult overweight female volunteers were randomly assigned to one of four conditions: (1) two self-control instruction conditions; (2) an automatic immunization instruction group; and (3) a no treatment control group. In the self-control groups, treatment was presented as an aid to gaining self-control over behavior, while in the automatic immunization group, it was explained in classical conditioning terminology. The major finding was that covert sensitization by itself has relatively little effect as a treatment for obesity. Relaxation level, visualization ability and felt discomfort were uncorrelated with weight loss. Methodological considerations are also discussed. (Author/TL)
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Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL.
Note: Paper presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Convention in Detroit, Michigan, May 6-8, 1971