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

Gianluca Lo Coco, Salvatore Gullo, Laura Salerno, Lina A. Ricciardelli, Rosalia Iacoponelli, Marie Louise Caltabiano

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Background: This study investigated the relationship among negative affect, body image disturbances (BID), and interpersonal problems, and the mediat- ing 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-95
Number of pages11
JournalClinical Psychologist
Volume19 (2)
Publication statusPublished - 2015


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology

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