Master's Theses

Date of Award

Spring 1985

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Social Work

Advisor

Bill Daley

Abstract

The purpose of the researcher was to investigate weight loss and self-esteem. The subjects consisted of 36 overweight individuals ranging in age from 24 to 73 years old. The instrument used to assess self-esteem was the Adult Form of the Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory (SEI). The design used employed two groups of subjects. One group received pre-assessment SEI and post-assessment SEI. One group received post-assessment SEI only. All subjects were weighed before and after intervention. Intervention consisted of a behavioral weight loss program. Ten null hypotheses were tested. Three hypotheses were tested with t tests, one with a single-factor analysis of variance, three with a single-factor analysis of covariance and three correlation coefficients with t tests. Independent variables were pre-weight, age, and pre-SEI. Of the ten hypotheses tested, five were rejected. The five hypotheses rejected were: the difference between the pre-mean weight and the post-mean weight, the difference between the pre-mean score for self-esteem and the post-mean score for self-esteem. The differences among the post-mean scores for self-esteem of those from three different pre-weight levels, the differences among the adjusted post-mean score for self-esteem of those from three age levels, and the correlation coefficient between desired weight loss and post-self-esteem scores.

Rights

Copyright 1985 Pat Schroeder

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