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Keywords:

  • Neuroticism;
  • Conscientiousness;
  • eating behaviors

Abstract

Objective

We investigated the extent to which different forms of eating behavior as assessed by the Dutch Eating Behaviour Questionnaire are related to facets of the Big Five personality domains.

Method

Respondents were 167 psychology students (126 females and 41 males) who volunteered for the study.

Results

Body mass index (BMI) and gender had significant main effects on eating behaviors. These results were moderated by a significant BMI × Gender interaction on emotional eating. Eating behaviors were significantly related to the personality facets associated with Neuroticism and Conscientiousness.

Discussion

The results are discussed with reference to previous research on eating behaviors and the nature of Neuroticism and Conscientiousness. © 2001 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 30: 161–166, 2001.