Temperament subtypes in treatment seeking obese individuals: A latent profile analysis

Astrid Müller*, Laurence Claes, Tom F. Wilderjans, Martina De Zwaan

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ObjectiveThis study aimed to investigate temperament subtypes in obese patients. MethodsNinety-three bariatric surgery candidates and 63 obese inpatients from a psychotherapy unit answered the Behavioral Inhibition System/Behavioral Activation System Scale (BIS/BAS), the Effortful Control subscale of the Adult Temperament Questionnaire-Short Form (ATQ-EC), and questionnaires for eating disorder, depressive and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms and completed neurocognitive testing for executive functions. Binge eating disorder and impulse control disorders were diagnosed using interviews. ResultsA latent profile analysis using BIS/BAS and ATQ-EC scores revealed a 'resilient/high functioning' cluster (n = 88) showing high ATQ-EC and low BIS/BAS scores and an 'emotionally dysregulated/ undercontrolled' cluster (n = 68) with low ATQ-EC and high BIS/BAS scores. Patients from the 'emotionally dysregulated/undercontrolled' cluster showed more eating disorder, depressive and ADHD symptoms, and poorer performance in the labyrinth task. ConclusionThe findings support the assumptions regarding the heterogeneity of obesity and the association between temperament subtypes and psychopathology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)260-266
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Eating Disorders Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • binge eating disorder
  • latent profile analysis
  • obesity
  • temperament


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