Counseling Psychology
Research projects

Adiposity in childhood and adolescence: a computer-based training program for the enhancement of self-control abilities

supported by DRV
Leader: Prof. Dr Petra Warschburger
Research: M.Sc. Katrin Lieck, M.Sc. Marisa Morawietz
Timeline: 01.01.2014-31.12.2014 (31.12.2016)

In research about adiposity, self-regulatory skills are discussed as relevant factors affecting the development and maintenance of adiposity. Compared to normal normal-weight peers, obese children and adolescents show deficits in their self-regulatory skills. Past research in the area of alcoholism showed that computer-based training programs increase the participants' self-control abilities and are associated with higher therapy success rates. Within our project we will examine in two stages if these positive results are also applicable for the handling of high-calorie food by obese children. During a 12 month pilot phase the presentation materials will be developed and tested for their trainability and acceptance in a small sample (n=30). Subsequent to the pilot phase, the training program will be tested for its effectiveness in a controlled study with 162 obese children and adolescents (226 incl. drop out). In addition to the measurement of indicators of self-control abilities we will especially focus on the BMI-SDS-progress 6 and 12 months after the end of the rehabilitation. If our tests prove to be successful, we could provide a program that contributes to the long-term improvement of therapy success in an economic manner.


  • AHG Klinik für Kinder und Jugendliche Beelitz-Heilstätten, Beelitz-Heilstätten
  • Edelsteinklinik - Fachklinik für Kinder- und Jugendrehabilitation, Bruchweiler
  • Spessart-Klinik Bad Orb GmbH, Bad Orb
  • Viktoriastift Bad Kreuznach, Bad Kreuznach


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