Family functioning and psychosocial adjustment in overweight youngsters

M. Stradmeijer, J Bosch, W Koops, J Seidell

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OBJECTIVE: To analyze the relationship between family functioning and psychosocial adjustment in Dutch overweight children and adolescents.

METHOD: Seventy-three overweight (weight-for-height >P90) and 70 normal-weight youngsters between the ages of 10 and 16 years were recruited by school physicians during routine medical screening. The Family Dimension Scale, the Child Behavior Checklist, the Teacher Report Form, the Self-Perceived Competence Scale, and the Body-Esteem Scale were filled out, as well as a specific weight-related questionnaire.

RESULTS: Both parents and teachers report more behavior problems in overweight children, particularly in the younger than 13 age group. Lower body-esteem was found in older overweight girls, whereas in older overweight boys higher levels of body-esteem were found. More significant relationships were found with the weight-related Parental Concern Scale than with the Family Dimension Scale.

DISCUSSION: The results suggest that a developmental psychological approach reveals important age and sex differences. Weight-related instruments may be more useful than general questionnaires.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-4
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2000


  • Adolescent
  • Body Image
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders
  • Family
  • Female
  • Gender Identity
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Obesity
  • Personality Assessment
  • Self Concept
  • Social Adjustment
  • Journal Article


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