Impact of a dietary change on emotional distress. Academic Article uri icon


  • A single-subject design was used to investigate the impact of a dietary change on the emotional state of four individuals selected by means of the Behavioral Index of Metabolic Imbalance and a subsequent interview. The dietary change for three subjects consisted of a high protein-low carbohydrate diet void of sucrose and caffeine, whereas only caffeine and sucrose were eliminated for the fourth subject. The dependent variable used with the first subject was a self-report of symptoms experienced, whereas the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) and the Profile of Mood State (POMS) were used with the other subjects. Results revealed that subjects reported many symptoms and/or presented a distressed profile during baseline assessment. However, following a 2-week dietary change symptoms declined, and the MMPI or POMS profiles reflected a more stable and less distressed individual. Overall, the results suggest that a dietary change can remediate the emotional distress exhibited by some individuals. 1985 American Psychological Association.

published proceedings

  • J Abnorm Psychol

author list (cited authors)

  • Christensen, L., Krietsch, K., White, B., & Stagner, B.

citation count

  • 22

complete list of authors

  • Christensen, L||Krietsch, K||White, B||Stagner, B

publication date

  • January 1, 1985 11:11 AM