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When feeling attractive matters too much to women: a process underpinning the relation between psychological need satisfaction and unhealthy weight control behaviors

Thøgersen-Ntoumani, Cecilie and Ntoumanis, Nikos and Cumming, Jennifer and Chatzisarantis, Nikos L.D. (2011) When feeling attractive matters too much to women: a process underpinning the relation between psychological need satisfaction and unhealthy weight control behaviors. Motivation and Emotion, 35 (4). pp. 413-422. (Submitted)

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URL of Published Version: http://www.springerlink.com/content/40v1plm58100k6q2/

Identification Number/DOI: 10.1007/s11031-011-9226-9

This study examined a process model linking psychological need satisfaction to unhealthy weight control behaviors. Female University students (N = 220; M age = 20.47; SD = 5.07) completed questionnaires measuring need satisfaction, appearance-contingent self-worth, weight-related appearance anxiety and unhealthy weight control behaviors. Structural equation modeling revealed that need satisfaction indirectly related to engagement in unhealthy weight control behaviors through appearance-contingent self-worth and weight-related appearance anxiety. The results indicate that appearance-contingent self-worth might help to explain how low levels of psychological need satisfaction are related to maladaptive weight-related outcomes in young women.

Type of Work:Article
Date:2011 (Submission)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
Department:School of Sport and Exercise Science
Keywords:appearance-contingent self-worth, appearance anxiety, disordered eating, self-determination theory
Subjects:GV Recreation Leisure
BF Psychology
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Springer
ID Code:782
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