Weight loss through variations in the coverant control paradigm

John J. Horan, Stanley B. Baker, Alan M. Hoffmann, Robert E. Shute

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    Assigned 40 overweight female Ss to 1 of 8 treatment combinations in a 2 * 2 * 2 matrix. The use of positive coverants produced significantly (p < .005) more weight loss than negative coverants. No differences were found between those Ss employing highly probable eating and noneating behaviors. Group counseling enabled a larger percentage of Ss to lose at least 1 lb/wk than did individual intervention followed by self-management. It is suggested that L. E. Homme's paradigm should be shortened to 3 steps when applied to the problem of weight loss since certain treatment combinations were nearly 100% effective. (15 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)68-72
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Feb 1 1975


    • coverant control paradigm &
    • group counseling, weight loss, obese females

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Clinical Psychology
    • Psychiatry and Mental health


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