Funding: The research was supported in part by a PRIN grant n. 2008A4F8KC_004 from the Italian Ministry of Education University and Research (MIUR).
Self-esteem mediates the associations among negative affect, body disturbances, and interpersonal problems in treatment-seeking obese individuals
Article first published online: 24 JAN 2014
© 2014 The Australian Psychological Society
Volume 19, Issue 2, pages 85–95, July 2015
How to Cite
Salerno, L., Lo Coco, G., Gullo, S., Iacoponelli, R., Caltabiano, M. L. and Ricciardelli, L. A. (2015), Self-esteem mediates the associations among negative affect, body disturbances, and interpersonal problems in treatment-seeking obese individuals. Clinical Psychologist, 19: 85–95. doi: 10.1111/cp.12036
Conflict of interest: The authors declare no financial or commercial conflicts of interest in this study.
- Issue published online: 1 JUL 2015
- Article first published online: 24 JAN 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 12 DEC 2013
- Manuscript Received: 21 AUG 2013
- Italian Ministry of Education University and Research (MIUR). Grant Number: 2008A4F8KC_004
- body image disturbances;
- interpersonal problems;
- negative affect;
This study investigated the relationship among negative affect, body image disturbances (BID), and interpersonal problems, and the mediating effect of self-esteem in a group of treatment-seeking obese individuals.
Four hundred twenty-two obese patients (85 males and 337 females) completed standardised measures that assessed negative affect, BID, self-esteem, and interpersonal problems.
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.
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.