Document Type : Research Article


1 Ph.D. Graduated of General Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Guilan, Guilan, Iran.

2 Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, University of Guilan, Guilan, Iran.

3 Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, University of Guilan, Guilan, Iran.


Due to the difficulty in emotion regulation and executive functions of obese adolescents, psychological interventions have a great importance. The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of self-regulation training on weight control, executive functions and emotion regulation in overweight and obese adolescents. The research design was semi-experimental with control group. The statistical population of the study consisted of obese and overweight adolescents in Isfahan who referred to health centers in Isfahan in 1398. Samples were selected by convenience sampling from those referring to health centers in Isfahan. Research tools including Gratz and Romer (2004) emotion regulation difficulty questionnaire, Wisconsin and Stroop test were used to measure executive functions. Data were analyzed using multivariate analysis of covariance. The results of the analysis showed that self-regulation training was effective on participants' BMI, emotion regulation, and executive functions. However, BMI as the second independent variable was not effective in the results of the study. Behavioral regulation training is effective on body mass index, emotion regulation, and executive functions regardless of participants' level of obesity and overweight. According to the research results, it can be concluded that self-regulatory training can improve weight control, executive functions and emotion regulation of obese and overweight adolescents. These results can be explained as self-regulatory training has skills and exercises that it is closely related to eating behavior, emotion regulation, and executive functions.


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