Self-esteem mediates the associations among negative affect, body disturbances, and interpersonal problems in treatment-seeking obese individuals

Salerno, Laura, Lo Coco, Gianluca, Gullo, Salvatore, Iacoponelli, Rosalia, Caltabiano, Marie Louise and Ricciardelli, Lina A. 2015, Self-esteem mediates the associations among negative affect, body disturbances, and interpersonal problems in treatment-seeking obese individuals, Clinical psychologist, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 85-95, doi: 10.1111/cp.12036.

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Title Self-esteem mediates the associations among negative affect, body disturbances, and interpersonal problems in treatment-seeking obese individuals
Author(s) Salerno, Laura
Lo Coco, Gianluca
Gullo, Salvatore
Iacoponelli, Rosalia
Caltabiano, Marie Louise
Ricciardelli, Lina A.ORCID iD for Ricciardelli, Lina A. orcid.org/0000-0002-7038-7410
Journal name Clinical psychologist
Volume number 19
Issue number 2
Start page 85
End page 95
Total pages 11
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-07
ISSN 1328-4207
1742-9552
Keyword(s) Body image disturbances
Interpersonal problems
Negative affect
Obesity
Self-esteem
Summary Background: This study investigated the relationship among negative affect, body image disturbances (BID), and interpersonal problems, and the mediating effect of self-esteem in a group of treatment-seeking obese individuals. Methods: Four hundred twenty-two obese patients (85 males and 337 females) completed standardised measures that assessed negative affect, BID, self-esteem, and interpersonal problems. Results: Structural equation modelling showed that obese individuals with greater negative affect and BID reported higher interpersonal problems and that self-esteem mediated the relationships among negative affect, BID, and interpersonal problems. Conclusions: The mediating role of self-esteem in the relationship between interpersonal functioning and psychological distress needs to be considered when selecting psychologically based interventions that aim to improve the well-being of treatment-seeking obese patients. © 2014 The Australian Psychological Society.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/cp.12036
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2014, The Australian Psychological Society
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30068313

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