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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
Motivation and Emotion (2011)
  • Cecilie Thøgersen-Ntoumani, University of Birmingham
  • Nikos Ntoumanis, University of Birmingham
  • Jennifer Cumming, University of Birmingham
  • Nikos L. D. Chatzisarantis
Abstract

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, weightrelated 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.

Keywords
  • Appearance-contingent self-worth,
  • appearance anxiety,
  • disordered eating,
  • self-determination theory
Publication Date
June 3, 2011
Citation Information
Cecilie Thøgersen-Ntoumani, Nikos Ntoumanis, Jennifer Cumming and Nikos L. D. Chatzisarantis. "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 Vol. 4 (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jennifer_cumming/20/