Role of personal factors in women's self-reported weight management behaviour.

Butler, Pauline and Mellor, David 2006, Role of personal factors in women's self-reported weight management behaviour., Public health, vol. 120, no. 5, pp. 383-392.

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Title Role of personal factors in women's self-reported weight management behaviour.
Author(s) Butler, Pauline
Mellor, David
Journal name Public health
Volume number 120
Issue number 5
Start page 383
End page 392
Publisher W.B. Saunders Co. Ltd.
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2006
ISSN 0033-3506
1476-5616
Keyword(s) anxiety
self-efficacy
motivation
weight loss
perseverance
Summary The aim of this study was to investigate the role of motivation, anxiety and self-efficacy in self-reported behaviour that may be important for weight loss and weight maintenance. One hundred and twenty-nine females aged 18–81 years were recruited from a variety of social, sporting venues and work places within a local community. Participants completed questionnaires assessing their levels of participation and perseverance in weight management activities, their motivation levels, their anxiety levels (State Anxiety Inventory) and their levels of self-efficacy for weight management behaviours. Motivation was found to play a major role in participation in weight management activities. Anxiety and self-efficacy played no significant role. The findings are discussed in relation to previous studies, and directions for future studies are indicated. It is argued that the level of motivation is a key factor that should be taken into account for each individual engaging in women's weight management programmes, and that further research should be undertaken to identify other relevant factors.
Notes Available online 20 March 2006.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Royal Institute of Public Health
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003589

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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