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ERIC Number: ED156937
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Delivery Strategies in Behavioral Obesity Treatment: Comparing Type and Degree of Therapist Contact in Treating the Obese.
Balch, Philip; And Others
Relative to other treatment modalities for obesity, behavioral strategies, particularly self-control, have been established as effective means of weight loss and control. While most of the early research reported the presence of live professional therapists treating individuals or groups, more recent interest has focused on programs using little or no live therapist contact and use of paraprofessionals as behavioral weight therapists. This paper outlines the findings of three independent but coordinated investigations, with a total sample of 142 treated subjects, in which the treatment effectiveness of trained and untrained paraprofessionals, telephone therapy, nurses, and bibliotherapy with and without feedback were examined. The population for all three studies were college students at the University of Arizona. Findings, with six month follow-up data, indicate significant within-group losses with no between-group differences. Discussion focuses on the effectiveness and relative efficiency of low or no therapist contact and the uses of professionals as trainers and consultants. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy (11th, Atlanta, Georgia, December 9-11, 1977)