Obesity and Interpersonal Problems: An Analysiswith the Interpersonal Circumplex

Gianluca Lo Coco, Salvatore Gullo, Vincenzo Bruno, Fabrizio Scrima

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This study examines the interpersonal problems profiles of obese individuals by cluster analysing theinterpersonal problems circumplex scores of participants. The Inventory of Interpersonal Problems—Short Circumplex (IIP‐32) was completed by 368 treatment‐seeking obese individuals. These data werecluster analysed, and groups of obese subjects defined by varying interpersonal problems werecompared with regard to psychological distress, self‐esteem, body dissatisfaction, quality of life andbinge behaviours. Cluster analyses of the IIP‐32 resulted in four clusters, which occupied twoquadrants of the interpersonal circumplex. Several differences in body mass index, psychologicaldistress, quality of life and body dissatisfaction emerged across the four interpersonal groups.Although obese individuals reported elevated interpersonal distress, these subjects are nothomogeneous with regard to interpersonal problems. Psychiatric co‐morbidity and psychologicaldistress may explain these interpersonal differences. These findings underscore the importance forclinicians to assess carefully patients’ interpersonal functioning, especially with respect to treatmentseekingobese patients.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine9
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2012

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