Title

Does This Marriage Make Me Look Fat? Marital Quality as a Predictor of Perceptions of Body Weight, Activity Level, and Eating Habits

Keywords

Marriage Quality, eating habits, perception of body weight, marriage, spouse

Abstract

Survey data from the RELATE inventory (www.relate-institute.org) was gathered for married couples (N = 374) and was analyzed for effects of marital quality on perceptions of weight as a problem in the marriage, activity level, and eating habits. Results indicate that wife marital quality was positively associated with weight being a problem for wives, while husband marital quality was negatively associated with weight being a problem for both husbands and wives in the relationship. Wife marital quality was also positively associated with husband activity level, while husband marital quality was negatively associated with husband activity level. Implications for clinicians are discussed.

Original Publication Citation

Schade, L.C., Sandberg, J., & Busby. (2014). Does This Marriage Make Me Look Fat? Marital Quality as a Predictor of Perceptions of Body Weight, Activity Level, and Eating Habits. American Journal of Family Therapy, 42(1), 42-52.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2013-12-23

Publisher

The American Journal of Family Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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