Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Roger E. Ulrich

Second Advisor

Dr. Kay Malott

Third Advisor

Dr. Neil Kent

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


In dealing with a 22 year old university student suffering from bulimia, two factors of the subject's behavior must be corrected. First, the subject must regain control over eating. This was done by having the subject regulate the type and amount consumed and the time of day in which food was consumed. Second, the subject must correct the misconceptions about body weight, body image, and means of weight control. This was done by having the subject read and discuss relevant literature which force the subject to reevaluate the concepts of body weight and weight control. To clarify the treatment, a contingency contract was designed. This contract clearly stated what behaviors were expected of the subject. The contract also stated the consequences that would be applied contingent upon non-productive behavior. This contingency contract was successful in eliminating the bulimic behavior.