Master's Theses



Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


The effects of a behavior modification program for weight control were assessed using a didactic classroom approach. Subjects were volunteers from a Psychology of Weight Control class in which they were required to enroll for one hour college credit. The subject’s course grade was contingent on attendance and completion of homework assignments. The 24 overweight women were administered a pretreatment questionnaire and assigned to Group 1, which proceeded immediately with the treatment, or to Group 2, which waited to begin treatment and acted as a control. The results indicated that the didactic treatment approach was significantly more effective than waiting to begin treatment. The low attrition and high compliance rates make this type of approach for service delivery look promising for future obesity treatment programs and future research.


James Ryabik

Date of Award

Summer 1980

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1980 Frances J. Joslin


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