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The use of contingency contracting to facilitate durability of behavior change: Weight loss maintenance

Authors
Journal
Addictive Behaviors
0306-4603
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
1
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0306-4603(76)90017-4

Abstract

Abstract The data of a previous study (Mann, 1972) demonstrated that contingency contracting could be used successfully to reduce a subject's weight when items considered valuable by the subject were surrendered to the researcher and used both as reinforcing and as punishing consequences. Nevertheless, some subjects began to gain weight after the termination of treatment. Thus, for some subjects a method to facilitate durability of behavior change after treatment had been terminated appeared to be necessary. The data of this maintenance contract research extended the use of contingency contracting by demonstrating that similar contingencies could be used to maintain durability of behavior change with respect to weight-loss maintenance.

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