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Refinement of the Beliefs About Personal Weight Survey

Pickett, Stephanie, PhD, RN; Peters, Rosalind M., PhD, RN, FAAN; Templin, Thomas, PhD

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000222
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This study tested the revised Beliefs About Personal Weight Survey-2 (BPWS-2) in 200 African American women, 18 to 40 years of age. Confirmatory factor analysis of a priori hypothesized factors resulted in 5 subscales—weight acceptance (8 items); excess weight acknowledgment (5 items); conventional weight regulation (3 items); circumstantial weight regulation (9 items); and weight concern (10 items). The Cronbach α ranged from 0.67 to 0.89. The factors demonstrated patterns of association with eating behavior, body mass index, body image, and psychosocial (depression and perceived stress) variables associated with weight. The BPWS-2 is the first instrument designed to measure beliefs about one's personal weight, thus results make important new contributions to the understanding of weight management.

School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Dr Pickett); and College of Nursing, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan (Drs Peters and Templin).

Correspondence: Stephanie Pickett, PhD, RN, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402 (

This study was supported by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society Small Grant Award.

The authors did not preregister the research in an independent institutional registry.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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