Date of Award:

2007

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Psychology

Advisor/Chair:

David M. Stein

Abstract

The prevalence of type 2 diabetes is increasing across all sociodemographic groups. Obesity and overweight are major risk factors in the development of the disease and in the development of complications. Conversely, weight loss improves glycemic control, which reduces likelihood of complications. Interventions combining cognitive and behavioral components show promise in addressing the problem of weight loss maintenance. The objective of this study was to test the efficacy of a cognitive-behavioral intervention. Participants were 54 adults diagnosed with type 2 diabetes randomly assigned to either a treatment group or a control. The assessment measures utilized in this study were the Diabetes Care Profile, the Short Form 36, and the Diabetes Empowerment Scale. Specific outcomes measured included Body Mass Index (BMI), weight, and glycosolated hemoglobin.

A repeated measures analysis of variance revealed significant weight loss and reduction in BMI. Treatment effects on BMI and weight were sustained at 2-month follow-up.

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