Cognitive behavior therapy and dialectical behavior therapy for treating obese emotional eaters

Glisenti, Kevin & Strodl, Esben (2012) Cognitive behavior therapy and dialectical behavior therapy for treating obese emotional eaters. Clinical Case Studies, 11(2), pp. 71-88.

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This study describes the treatment of obese individuals who rated high on emotional eating using four case studies that involved 22 sessions of either cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). Outcomes measures relating to weight, body mass index, emotional eating, depression, anxiety, and stress were all assessed with each participant prior to each baseline (three weekly sessions), during treatment and posttherapy. At the 8-week follow-up, the two cases that had received DBT had lost 10.1% and 7.6% of their initial body weight, whereas the two cases that had received CBT had lost 0.7% and 0.6% of their initial body weight. The two DBT cases also exhibited reductions in emotional distress, frequency of emotional eating or quantity of food eating in response to emotions, whereas the two CBT cases showed no overall reductions in these areas. Important processes from all four cases are described as are the implications to clinicians for developing more effective interventions for obese clients who engage in emotional eating.

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ID Code: 49894
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Obesity, emotional eating, cognitive behaviour therapy, dialectice behaviour therapy, case studies
DOI: 10.1177/1534650112441701
ISSN: 1552-3802
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 SAGE Publications
Deposited On: 30 Jan 2013 03:18
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2013 01:38

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