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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service


Location: Children's Nutrition Research Center

Title: Psychological assessment for adults and children

item Johnston, Craig
item Moreno, Jennette
item Foreyt, John

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/22/2013
Publication Date: 7/22/2013
Citation: Johnston, C.A., Moreno, J.P., Foreyt, J.P. 2013. Psychological assessment for adults and children. In: Berdanier, C.D., Dwyer, J.T., Heber, D., editors. Handbook of Nutrition and Food. 3rd edition. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. p. 679-691.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Psychological factors play a significant role in many nutritional abnormalities. These factors include mood (e.g., depression, anger, and anxiety), emotional eating, distorted body image, low self-esteem, poor self-efficacy and quality of life, dietary restraint, stress, susceptibility to external cues to eat, and locus of control. They contribute to a number of nutritional abnormalities including obesity, and eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. The assessment of obesity and eating disorders requires not only a medical evaluation but also assessment of the contributing psychological factors. In this chapter we discuss instruments that assess psychological factors relevant to nutritional goals and concerns.

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