Journaling and Weight Loss
|Obesity||Behavioral: Gratitude Journaling Behavioral: Neutral Journaling||Phase 1|
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Journaling and Weight Loss|
- Weight loss [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
- Quality of Life [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
- Class attendance [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
|Actual Study Start Date:||January 2009|
|Study Completion Date:||December 2011|
|Primary Completion Date:||September 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Behavioral: Gratitude Journaling
Participants will be asked to write down 5 things every day for which they are grateful.
Placebo Comparator: 2
Behavioral: Neutral Journaling
Participants will be asked to write down 5 things every day that they noticed about being involved in a weight loss program.
Subjects who are referred to the Preventive Cardiology Program for weight management will be enrolled in the study after obtaining informed consent.
Subjects are enrolled into the program in groups of 10 to 12 every 6 weeks. Alternate groups will be will assigned to the two types of journaling. Each group will be given specific instructions related to the form of journaling assigned. These instructions will be in addition to the usual care prescribed in the Lifesteps® program. In the intervention group, patients will be introduced to gratitude journaling at the beginning of the 12 week class series and asked to journal each day. They will turn in their gratitude journal weekly. At the beginning of each weekly class, five minutes will be spent discussing the journaling.
The control groups will not receive the information on gratitude journaling, but instead will be asked to complete a neutral journal in which they will journal in a general manner regarding their experiences participating in the Lifesteps® weight management program. These will also be collected weekly. At the beginning of class, five minutes will be spent discussing the journaling.
There will be one consent form for the two groups. The instruction (either gratitude journaling or neutral journaling) that will be given to the subjects will reflect the group to which they have been randomized. Both types of journals will be reviewed initially, at mid-point and final by the psychologist (Robert Emmons) to verify the quality of reporting.
Routine tests- Weekly weights
Pre/post depression: Beck Depression Inventory II; Pre/post Locus of Control: Multidimensional Health Locus of Control Scale; Pre/post SF 36 Quality of Life Questionnaire; Pre/post Gratitude Questionnaire
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00884195
|United States, California|
|University of California, Davis Medical Center|
|Sacramento, California, United States, 95817|
|Principal Investigator:||CT Kappagoda, MD, PhD||University of California, Davis|