Does the salience of possible selves mediate the impact of approach and avoidance temperaments on women's weight-loss dieting?

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Abstract

The salience of both a hoped-for thin self and a feared fat self was predicted to mediate the impact of respective approach and avoidance temperaments on weight-loss dieting (WLD). Further, that the mediation pathway from avoidance temperament and through a feared fat self would be stronger than that from approach temperament and through a hoped-for thin self. A convenience sample of 249 college women reported age, height and weight and completed measures of the salience of possible selves, concern for dieting and approach and avoidance temperaments. Bootstrap mediation revealed that only avoidance temperament exerted an impact on WLD through the salience of both possible selves. However, the mediation pathway through the feared fat self was stronger than that through the hoped-for thin self. The consequences for the research and prevention of unhealthy dieting and eating pathology in women are discussed. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-271
Number of pages5
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume88
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan-2016

Keywords

  • Weight-loss dieting
  • Salience
  • Hoped-for thin self
  • Feared fat self
  • EATING-DISORDERS
  • PERSONAL GOALS
  • SELF
  • DISPOSITIONS
  • MOTIVATION
  • RESTRAINT
  • ESTEEM
  • SCALE

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