Benefits of recruiting participants with friends and increasing social support for weight loss and maintenance.

  title={Benefits of recruiting participants with friends and increasing social support for weight loss and maintenance.},
  author={Rena R. Wing and Robert W. Jeffery},
  journal={Journal of consulting and clinical psychology},
  volume={67 1},
  • R. Wing, R. Jeffery
  • Published 1 February 1999
  • Psychology
  • Journal of consulting and clinical psychology
To determine the benefits of social support for weight loss and maintenance, this study recruited participants (N = 166) either alone or with 3 friends or family members and then randomly assigned them to a standard behavioral treatment (SBT) or SBT with social support strategies. Participants recruited with friends had greater weight losses at the end of the 4-month treatment and at Month 10 follow-up. Both recruitment strategy and the social support manipulation affected treatment completion… 

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