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Authors

  1. Pickett, Stephanie PhD, RN
  2. Peters, Rosalind M. PhD, RN, FAAN
  3. Templin, Thomas PhD

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to develop the Beliefs about Personal Weight Survey among African American women. Sixty-five items were developed from literature and sample participants to characterize beliefs about personal weight in 3 domains: descriptors, causes, and consequences. The items were administered to 150 community-dwelling African American women, 18 to 40 years old, recruited from 5 sites. Factor analysis supported a 4-factor solution with the following dimensions: overweight acceptance, overweight concern, conventional weight regulation, and circumstantial weight regulation. These factors were significantly associated with weight management behaviors and body mass index. Profile analysis indicated distinct factor belief profiles by 3 weight categories.