In control of weight: the relationship between facets of control and weight restriction

Donovan, Caroline L. and Penny, Rhiannon (2014) In control of weight: the relationship between facets of control and weight restriction. Eating Behaviors, 15 1: 144-150. doi:10.1016/j.eatbeh.2013.11.004

Author Donovan, Caroline L.
Penny, Rhiannon
Title In control of weight: the relationship between facets of control and weight restriction
Journal name Eating Behaviors   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1471-0153
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2013.11.004
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 15
Issue 1
Start page 144
End page 150
Total pages 7
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Subject 3203 Clinical Psychology
2738 Psychiatry and Mental health
Abstract This study explored the moderating effects of body dissatisfaction (BD) on the relationships between various constructs of control and weight restricting and control behaviours (WRCBs). Participants were 167 female undergraduates who completed self-report measures of control, BD and WRCBs. It was found that higher external locus of control (LOC) was related to less dieting and exercise and that LOC was unrelated to purging. In addition, higher levels of general self-control were found to be related to higher levels of purging when BD was high but not low, and higher general self-control was associated with greater dieting and exercise behaviour. Finally, higher 'self-control as self-esteem' was strongly associated with greater dieting and exercise behaviour at both high and low levels of BD, whilst 'self-control as self-esteem' was related to purging only when BD was high. The results of this research suggest that different constructs of control have differential effects on WRCBs. The clinical implications of the findings are discussed.
Keyword Body dissatisfaction
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes First published online ahead of print 5 December 2013.

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