Master's Theses

Date of Award

Spring 1981

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

Advisor

Paul Zelhart

Abstract

A number of studies contend that environmental contingencies are important components of behavioral modification programs. The prevalent problem of obesity is currently treated more successfully with behavioral methods than other methods. Improvement on these methods is still needed, however. Review of the literature suggests that attitudes of significant others, particularly spouses, are significant factors in a person's success in a behavioral weight reduction program. This study examined married women who had previously participated in a didactic-therapeutic program to modify eating behaviors, It was hypothesized that a good knowledge of behavioral principles and a high degree of spouse support as perceived by the dieter would result in more success with weight control efforts than that experienced by those women whose knowledge and degree of spouse support was not as high. Knowledge of the program's behavioral principles did not seem to be a correlate of weight lost. As measured by this study, spouse support does not account for a significant amount of the variance either. The primary hypothesis was not supported by the data available.

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Copyright 1981 Esther Sayler

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