Scientific article

Clarifying the role of impulsivity in dietary restraint: A structural equation modeling approach

Published inPersonality and individual differences, vol. 45, no. 7, p. 602-606
Publication date2008

This study was designed to clarify the relationship between the four dimensions of impulsivity in Whiteside and Lynam's (2001) model and the two aspects of dietary restraint (Concern for Dieting and Weight Fluctuation) in a non-clinical sample. Data were collected from a volunteer community sample (N = 216) of women who responded to two self-report instruments related to impulsivity (UPPS Impulsive Behavior Scale, Whiteside & Lynam, 2001) and dietary restraint (Restraint Scale, Polivy, Herman, & Warsh, 1978). A structural equation model was tested. The model provided a good fit to the data (v2/df = 1.64, p < .0001, RMSEA = 0.054, 90% CI = 0.050–0.058, p-value for test of close fit (RMSEA > 0.05) = .035) and revealed that Concern for Dieting was positively related to Urgency (standardized b = 0.25, p < .01). Weight Fluctuation was related to lack of Perseverance (standardized b = 0.25, p < .01) and tended to relate to Sensation Seeking (standardized b = 0.17, p = .056). Urgency and lack of Perseverance were found to play a significant role in predicting Concern for Dieting and Weight Fluctuation.

  • Impulsivity
  • UPPS
  • Dietary restraint
  • Structural equation modeling
  • Swiss National Science Foundation - SNSF Grant number 100011-108168/1
Citation (ISO format)
MOBBS, Olivia, GHISLETTA, Paolo, VAN DER LINDEN, Martial. Clarifying the role of impulsivity in dietary restraint: A structural equation modeling approach. In: Personality and individual differences, 2008, vol. 45, n° 7, p. 602–606. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2008.06.021
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