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


This study tested the revised Beliefs About Personal Weight Survey-2 (BPWS-2) in 200 African American women, 18 to 40 years of age. Confirmatory factor analysis of a priori hypothesized factors resulted in 5 subscales-weight acceptance (8 items); excess weight acknowledgment (5 items); conventional weight regulation (3 items); circumstantial weight regulation (9 items); and weight concern (10 items). The Cronbach [alpha] ranged from 0.67 to 0.89. The factors demonstrated patterns of association with eating behavior, body mass index, body image, and psychosocial (depression and perceived stress) variables associated with weight. The BPWS-2 is the first instrument designed to measure beliefs about one's personal weight, thus results make important new contributions to the understanding of weight management.