Christine Logel, Social Development Studies, Renison University College, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; Danu Anthony Stinson, Department of Psychology, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; Gregory R. Gunn, Multi-Health Systems, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Joanne V. Wood and John G. Holmes, Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; Jessica J. Cameron, Department of Psychology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
A little acceptance is good for your health: Interpersonal messages and weight change over time
Version of Record online: 29 SEP 2014
Copyright © 2014 IARR
Volume 21, Issue 4, pages 583–598, December 2014
How to Cite
LOGEL, C., STINSON, D. A., GUNN, G. R., WOOD, J. V., HOLMES, J. G. and CAMERON, J. J. (2014), A little acceptance is good for your health: Interpersonal messages and weight change over time. Personal Relationships, 21: 583–598. doi: 10.1111/pere.12050
The authors thank Danielle Gaucher for her assistance in data collection. This project was funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC) grants to C.L., D.A.S., J.V.W., and J.G.H., and by SSHRC doctoral scholarships to C.L. and D.A.S.
- Issue online: 12 DEC 2014
- Version of Record online: 29 SEP 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 MAR 2014
- Manuscript Revised: 6 MAR 2014
- Manuscript Received: 28 APR 2013
This research examines whether acceptance messages from close others about one's weight predict changes in stressful weight concern and body mass index (BMI) over time. Participants reported weight concern and BMI in three waves of data collection spanning approximately 9 months, and reported the messages they received from parents, friends, and romantic partners concerning their weight in the second wave of data collection. Participants normatively gained weight during the study period. But for vulnerable women, those initially high in weight concern, receiving fewer acceptance messages about weight was associated with weight gain, whereas receiving more acceptance messages was associated with decreases in stressful weight concern and weight maintenance, or even loss, over time. Alternative predictors, mechanisms, and models were also tested.