Treatment Beliefs and Preferences for Psychological Therapies for Weight Management

Moffitt, R, Haynes, A and Mohr, P 2015, 'Treatment Beliefs and Preferences for Psychological Therapies for Weight Management', Journal of Clinical Psychology, vol. 71, no. 6, pp. 584-596.


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Title Treatment Beliefs and Preferences for Psychological Therapies for Weight Management
Author(s) Moffitt, R
Haynes, A
Mohr, P
Year 2015
Journal name Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume number 71
Issue number 6
Start page 584
End page 596
Total pages 13
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Abstract Objective: Treatment beliefs and preferences for psychological therapies were investigated in 80 overweight individuals trying to manage their weight. Method: Participants read 4 therapy descriptions: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), behavior therapy (BT), cognitive therapy (CT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). They ranked the treatments in order of preference, explained the reason for their preferred choice, and reported their beliefs about each approach. Results: Individual CBT (43.42%) and BT (31.58%), delivered face-to-face or technologically, were the most preferred treatment options, while ACT (17.12%) and CT (7.89%) were the least preferred. The main reasons cited among those who chose CBT and BT were perceived comprehensiveness and the practical nature of the approach, respectively. Treatment beliefs were strongly predicted by psychological need satisfaction as well as perceived ease and effort. Conclusions: Further research should ascertain the stability of treatment beliefs and the efficacy of modifying the treatment context to meet individual needs.
Subject Sport and Exercise Psychology
Educational Psychology
Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Keyword(s) Obesity
Psychological therapy
Treatment preferences
Weight management
DOI - identifier 10.1002/jclp.22157
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