Self‐esteem, Internal‐External Locus of Control, and their relationship to weight reduction

Zohar Nir, Lily Neumann

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One hundred sixteen women participated in a 10‐week weight reduction program and lost on the average of 7 kg. Family‐related variables and two personality constructs, self‐esteem and Internal‐External Locus of Control (I‐E Loc), were examined as predictors for success in weight loss. Principal findings were: (a) Subjects with low self‐esteem scores lost significantly less weight than subjects with medium and high scores (4.3 kg vs. 8.7 and 6.4, respectively); (b) No significant differences were recorded between Internals and Externals with regard to weight reduction; and (c) Family‐related variables, marriage and number of children, did not directly affect weight loss, but their effect was observed within the three self‐esteem and the two I‐E Loc groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)568-575
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology


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