This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition obesity
Treatments gratitude journaling, neutral journaling
Phase phase 1
Sponsor University of California, Davis
Start date January 2009
End date September 2011
Trial size 50 participants
Trial identifier NCT00884195, 200816667-1


This is a pilot study to evaluate the effect of keeping a 'gratitude journal' on the outcome of a weight loss program. All the subjects will be enrolled in the Lifesteps weight management program. The experimental group will maintain a gratitude journal and the control group will maintain a 'neutral' journal.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking single blind (subject)
Primary purpose treatment
Gratitude Journaling
gratitude journaling
Participants will be asked to write down 5 things every day for which they are grateful.
(Placebo Comparator)
Neutral Journaling
neutral journaling
Participants will be asked to write down 5 things every day that they noticed about being involved in a weight loss program.

Primary Outcomes

Weight loss
time frame: 3 months

Secondary Outcomes

Quality of Life
time frame: 3 months
Class attendance
time frame: 3 months

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 18 years up to 80 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - BMI>25 - >18 years of age Exclusion Criteria: - Severe psychiatric diagnosis which in the opinion of the PI would compromise participation in the study. - Addiction to alcohol and drugs

Additional Information

Official title Journaling and Weight Loss
Principal investigator CT Kappagoda, MD, PhD
Description 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 Study Tests: 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
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in May 2011.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by University of California, Davis.