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

Salerno, Laura, Lo Coco, Gianluca, Gullo, Salvatore, Iacoponelli, Rosalia, Caltabiano, Marie, and Ricciardelli, Lina (2015) Self-esteem mediates the associations between negative affect, body disturbances and interpersonal problems in treatment-seeking obese individuals. Clinical Psychologist, 19 (2). pp. 85-95.

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Abstract

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.

Item ID: 37591
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1742-9552
Funders: Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR)
Projects and Grants: MIUR PRIN Grant no. 2008A4F8KC_004
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2015 03:35
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 100%
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