Psychometric properties of the Weight Self-Stigma Questionnaire (WSSQ) among a sample of overweight/obese French-speaking adolescents
Maïano, Christophe, Aimé, Annie, Lepage, Geneviève, ASPQ Team and Morin, Alexandre J. S.. (2017) Psychometric properties of the Weight Self-Stigma Questionnaire (WSSQ) among a sample of overweight/obese French-speaking adolescents. Eating and Weight Disorders - Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity. 24, p. 575–583. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40519-017-0382-0
|Authors||Maïano, Christophe, Aimé, Annie, Lepage, Geneviève, ASPQ Team and Morin, Alexandre J. S.|
Purpose: The Weight Self-Stigma Questionnaire (WSSQ) was recently developed to assess the internalization of weight stigma among English-speaking overweight and obese adults. The objective of the present study was to develop and examine the psychometric properties of a French version of the WSSQ, as well as its applicability to adolescents.
Methods: The sample comprised 156 overweight and obese adolescents (81 boys, 75 girls, Mage = 16.31). The factor validity and the convergent validity of the French version of the WSSQ were examined using a confirmatory factor analysis and a structural equation model, respectively.
Results: The a priori two-factor structure of the WSSQ and the composite reliability of its subscales (self-devaluation and fear of enacted stigma) were supported. Convergent validity analyses revealed that both WSSQ subscales were significantly and (a) negatively correlated with measures of self-esteem and physical appearance, and (b) positively correlated with measures of anxiety, depression, fear of negative appearance evaluation, and eating-related pathology (fear of getting fat, eating-related control, food preoccupation, vomiting-purging behaviors, and eating-related guilt subscales). However, no significant relation was found between the WSSQ subscales and body mass index.
Conclusion: These results suggest that the French version of the WSSQ has acceptable psychometric properties and can be used to assess weight self-stigma among overweight and obese adolescents.
|Keywords||weight stigma; body mass index; WSSQ; French; convergent validity|
|Journal||Eating and Weight Disorders - Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity|
|Journal citation||24, p. 575–583|
|Publisher||Springer - Verlag Italia Srl|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1007/s40519-017-0382-0|
|Open access||Published as green open access|
|Research Group||Institute for Positive Psychology and Education|
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