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Patient Educ Couns. 2005 Jan;56(1):55-61.

Locus of control and weight reduction.

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Department of Medicine, Obesity Unit, Huddinge University Hospital, Karolinska Institute, Norrtulls Sjukhus, Norrtullsgatan 14, 113 45 Stockholm, Sweden. birgitta.adolfsson@medhs.ki.se

Abstract

The objective of this study was to determine if locus of control orientation is predictive for weight loss among participants in a behaviour modification weight reduction programme. The subjects completed a locus of control questionnaire consisting of 40 questions before starting the programme and again after 1 year. Forty-one participants started the programme, 28 remained after 1 year. Their weight loss was significant (P < 0.001) and associated with an internal locus of control orientation (P < 0.05). The findings suggest that different weight reduction activities could be offered depending on the person's locus of control orientation. Participants with an internal orientation could be offered a standard weight reduction programme. Others, with a more external locus of control orientation, could be offered an adapted programme, which also focused on and encouraged the participants' internal orientation.

PMID:
15590223
DOI:
10.1016/j.pec.2003.12.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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