Relapse prevention training and problem-solving therapy in the long-term management of obesity

J Consult Clin Psychol. 2001 Aug;69(4):722-6.


This study compared 2 extended therapy programs for weight management with standard behavioral treatment (BT) without additional therapy contacts. Participants were 80 obese women who completed 20 weekly group sessions of BT and achieved a mean initial weight loss of 8.74 kg. Participants were randomly assigned to a no-further-contact condition (BT only) or to one of two extended interventions consisting of relapse prevention training (RPT) or problem-solving therapy (PST). No significant overall weight-change differences were observed between RPT and BT or between RPT and PST. However, participants who completed the PST intervention had significantly greater long-term weight reductions than BT participants, and a significantly larger percentage of PST participants achieved clinically significant losses of 10% or more in body weight than did BT participants (35% vs. 6%).

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aftercare*
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Long-Term Care
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / psychology
  • Obesity / therapy*
  • Problem Solving*
  • Psychotherapy, Group / methods*
  • Weight Loss