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JUSTINO, Yara; TATAGIBA, Tainá; POGIAN, Línea  and  PIMENTEL, Felipe. Bariatric patients’ behavioral changes between preoperative and postoperative stages. Psicol. rev. (Belo Horizonte) [online]. 2018, vol.24, n.2, pp. 577-599. ISSN 1677-1168.

This research aimed to know the changes in a bariatric patient’s feeding behavior, analyzing the function of this repertoire before and after surgery. It also investigated the process of preoperative psychological evaluation, therapeutic monitoring conducted in this context, and the existence or lack of existence of alternative options for eating behavior which help to assist in the management of post-surgical period. Data were collected from semistructured interviews with fifteen people who underwent the surgery. The results indicated that before the procedure, the food itself was primarily maintained by both, negative and positive reinforcement. However, the reporting on post-surgical stage showed little change in the function of this behavior, as well as the absence of alternative options, indicating increasing likelihood of subjects returning, in a long run, to their previous nutritional status, and regaining lost weight. Psychological assessment and therapeutic monitoring processes proved to be ineffective in between preoperative and postoperative procedures.

Keywords : Bariatric surgery; Functional analysis of feeding; Alternative repertoire to produce boosters; Pre-surgical psychological evaluation; Therapeutic monitoring.

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