Initial development and reliability of a motivation for weight loss scale

Meyer, A. H. and Weissen-Schelling, S. and Munsch, S. and Margraf, J.. (2010) Initial development and reliability of a motivation for weight loss scale. Obesity facts : the European journal of obesity, 3 (3). pp. 205-211.

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OBJECTIVE: We aimed at developing and evaluating a questionnaire assessing health and appearance as the two main reasons for weight loss in overweight and obese individuals. METHODS: Using data from two representative telephone surveys in Switzerland, the factorial structure of this questionnaire was analyzed by exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis. The model obtained was cross-validated with data from a second representative Swiss survey and multigroup analyses according to sex, age, BMI and regional language subgroups were performed. RESULTS: This lead to a 24-item, 3-factor solution, with factors labeled 'health', 'appearance in relation to others', and 'appearance in relation to oneself'. Internal consistency and test-retest reliability were good. CONCLUSIONS: To the best of our knowledge, this is the first validated questionnaire assessing overweight and obese individuals' reasons for weight loss. It should be further tested whether using this questionnaire as a pretreatment assessment device will help in tailoring treatments to individuals, thereby increasing treatment adherence and success.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Ehemalige Einheiten Psychologie > Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie (Margraf)
UniBasel Contributors:Meyer, Andrea Hans
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:S. Karger
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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