Date of Award
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology
Obesity is often described as a national epidemic; bariatric surgery is one form of treatment that has become increasingly popular. Bariatric surgery is successful and many patients experience significant weight loss; however, many patients struggle to maintain their new weight. In an attempt to respond to the problem of weight loss maintenance, bariatric surgery programs are incorporating behavioral management-strategies in addition to typical program support. Support groups are often offered by bariatric surgery programs and are commonly focused around psychoeducation, behavioral strategies, and community support. This study provides a mixedmethod quantitative and qualitative analysis on life after bariatric surgery, primarily in the areas of program support, social support, support group, and quality of life. A sample of 29 postoperative bariatric surgery patients from a bariatric surgery program completed the SF-36v2 health survey to measure their health-related quality of life and participated in a qualitative interview. Consistent with current literature, the interview and results are organized according to the following themes; program support, social support, support group involvement, and quality of life. This study adds to the limited field of research on qualitative information regarding bariatric surgery.
Speck, Caitlin M., "Life After Bariatric Surgery: A Mixed-Method Analysis on Social Support and Quality of Life" (2016). Doctor of Psychology (PsyD). 195.