Awareness and prevention of bias against fat clients in psychotherapy

Kristen Davis-Coelho, Jennifer Waltz, Bob Davis-Coelho

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Are the psychotherapeutic experiences of fat clients negatively affected by the cultural bias against fat people? This empirical study demonstrates that clients' weight may negatively affect psychologists' clinical judgments of and treatment planning for fat clients. Strategies to combat fat bias are presented for both training programs and clinicians. Information provided for training programs includes specific guidelines for curriculum development. Strategies presented for clinicians include assessment of one's own bias, self-education, treatment alternatives, and practice recommendations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)682-684
Number of pages3
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2000


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