WEIGHT MANAGEMENT SUPPORT FREQUENCY AND HELPFULNESS CORRELATIONS
Correlation between weight-loss support frequency and helpfulness. Weight-loss support and self functioning. Against predictions, no significant within participant or across-partner associations were found between female self functioning (selfesteem, depression, attachment style) and male or female reports of how frequently males provided support to their female partners. Women’s reports of the frequency of weight-loss support provided by their partners, and the extent to which they found their partners helpful in weight-loss attempts were highly correlated (r = .50, p < .01). Mixed results were found regarding the prediction that women who experienced lower levels of self functioning would report their partners were less helpful in providing weight-loss related support. Against predictions, women’s perception of their partners as providing less helpful weight-loss support was not related to being more depressed or having lower self-esteem. Weight-loss support and relationship functioning.
As predicted, women with higher levels of attachment anxiety perceived their partner as less helpful in their weight loss attempts. Against predictions, there was no significant associations between male or female report of support frequency or helpfulness and male or female relationship satisfaction. Weight-loss support and weight status. Non-significant trends existed for women who were more overweight to report that their partners were providing less frequent and less helpful weight-loss support. However, their male partners did not report this lack of support, suggesting a possible role for weight status in influencing female interpretations of the support received.
Interestingly, a significant trend existed for female dieters who had more overweight partners to report that their partners were providing less frequent weight-loss support. Consistently, a non significant trend also existed for women to perceive that more overweight partners were providing less helpful weight-loss support. Weight-loss support and dieting behaviour. The relationship between weight-loss support and unhealthy dieting will be discussed in moderation analyses later.