ERIC Number: ED146513
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-May
Reference Count: 0
Extension Home Economists as Therapists in a Behavior Modification Weight Loss Program.
Beneke, William M.; Paulsen, Barbara K.
A total of 150 overweight female subjects entered a behavior modification weight loss program with extension home economists as therapists to determine the feasibility of state extension services as a vehicle for widespread dissemination of behavioral weight loss programs. The treatment, emphasizing stimulus control and nutrition education, consisted of 16 classes spaced over 20 weeks. One hundred eleven subjects completed treatment, posting a mean loss of 17.3 pounds. Significant therapist differences were noted, with therapists having higher attrition also having smaller weight losses in their groups. At the end of treatment subjects were divided into two maintenance conditions: Gradual withdrawal of treatment (GW) and continued treatment (CT). These differed in amount and fading of follow-up contact. The CT condition had more contact and a more abrupt termination of contact. By 18 months posttreatment the 63 subjects remaining had maintained over 80% of their treatment weight losses. No differences between maintenance conditions were observed at 3, 6, 12 or 18 months posttreatment. Therapist effects observed during treatment continued through the follow-up phase. (Author)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Behavioral Science Research, Body Weight, Counseling Effectiveness, Extension Education, Females, Followup Studies, Group Counseling, Home Economics, Improvement Programs, State Programs, Therapists
William M. Beneke, Dept. of Psychology, Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri, 65101
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A