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32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

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Symposium #42
International Symposium - How IRAP and How I Eat: Relational Processes and Disordered Eating
Saturday, May 27, 2006
2:30 PM–3:20 PM
Area: CBM; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Emily Kennison Sandoz (University of Mississippi)
Discussant: David R. Perkins (University of Louisiana, Lafayette)
Abstract: In the current studies, the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP) is used to investigate subjects' ability to interact flexibly with eating and exercise-related stimuli. Data will be presented from research with obese adults pre- and post- bariatric surgery, and college students. Implications for treatment and prevention of obesity and disordered eating will be discussed.
Inflexibility in Food-Related Responding in College Student.
EMILY KENNISON SANDOZ (University of Mississippi), Kelly G. Wilson (University of Mississippi)
Abstract: Treatment in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) focuses on increasing psychological flexibility. In this model, eating behaviors might be considered pathological when they are not sensitive to immediate contingencies. The current study considers the relationship between inflexibility in responding to food-related stimuli and self-reported eating pathology. Using the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP), subjects sort specific food items (e.g., “pizza” or “carrots”) in terms of evaluative stimuli (e.g., “harmful” or “healthy”). Subjects reporting elevated levels of eating pathology are expected to exhibit longer latencies and decreased fluency when matching “unhealthy” foods to positively charged stimuli. Possible implications for treatment will be discussed.
Implicit and Explicit Attitudes Toward Food and Exercise in Obese Clients in a Bariatric Setting.
DANIEL J. MORAN (Mid-American Psychological Institute), Patricia Bach (Illinois Institute of Technology), Dermot Barnes-Holmes (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)
Abstract: This study will investigate differences in explicit and implicit attitudes regarding physical exercise and food between pre-bariatric surgery obese adults, post-bariatric surgery non-obese adults, and a matched control group. The implicit attitudes will be assessed using the IRAP. It is expected that the three groups will show similarly positive explicit attitudes for physical exercise and healthy food, and similarly negative explicit attitudes toward sedentary behavior and unhealthy food. The presentation will include discussion of treatment and prevention for obesity, and will also discuss the data regarding pre-bariatric surgery counseling and education.
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