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Int J Eat Disord. 2001 Sep;30(2):161-6.

Neuroticism and conscientiousness as predictors of emotional, external, and restrained eating behaviors.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia. Patrick_Heaven@uow.edu.au



We investigated the extent to which different forms of eating behavior as assessed by the Dutch Eating Behaviour Questionnaire are related to facets of the Big Five personality domains.


Respondents were 167 psychology students (126 females and 41 males) who volunteered for the study.


Body mass index (BMI) and gender had significant main effects on eating behaviors. These results were moderated by a significant BMI x Gender interaction on emotional eating. Eating behaviors were significantly related to the personality facets associated with Neuroticism and Conscientiousness.


The results are discussed with reference to previous research on eating behaviors and the nature of Neuroticism and Conscientiousness.

Copyright 2001 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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