A comparative Study of Psychological Profiles of Dieters and Controls

Author: Saira Iftikhar

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Najma Najam

Degree: M.Sc


University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present study investigates a comparison of psychological profiles of dieters and controls. It was hypothesized that there is a difference in psychological profiles of dieters and controls. It was also hypothesized that there is a relationship between eating attitude and body shape dissatisfaction. The sample for the study was 80 (40 dieters and 40 controls) with age ranging from 16-30. It was collected from different academic institutes and gyms (both male and female). Non-probability purposive sampling technique was used. Three questionnaires; Eating Attitude Test (EAT), Body Shape Questionnaire (BSQ), and 16 Personality Factors (16PF) were selected to conduct the study. Cross tabulation, correlation and independent sample t-test were conducted in analysis. It was found that the psychological profiles of dieters and controls are not different.

Keywords: Psychological Profiles, Dieters, Cross tabulation, Body Shape Dissatisfaction

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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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