ERIC Number: ED049511
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-May
Reference Count: 0
Personality Characteristics of Obese Adolescent Females.
Held, Mark L.; Snow, David L.
This study investigated the hypothesis that obese female adolescents would show evidence of greater maladjustment on objective personality indices as compared to general norms for adolescents. Findings support this hypothesis, as measured by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI). In particular, the difficulties of the obese group are characterized by feelings of depression, alienation, and low self-worth. They also tend to be: (1) non-conforming; (2) exhibit problems in impulse control; and (3) somewhat distrustful. Correlations between percentage overweight and the MMPI scales suggest that the more overweight an individual, the greater the tendency to present oneself as having problems and to have low ego strength. Finally, the correlation between percentage overweight and the I-E scale of the MMPI, although not significant, suggests that the more an individual is overweight, the more she tends to view control of the environment as external to herself. (Author/TA)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado Univ., Denver. Medical Center.
Identifiers: Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory
Note: Paper presented at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association Convention in Denver, Colorado, May 12-15, 1971