Optimism and obesity treatment outcomes

Kevin R. Fontaine, Lawrence J Cheskin

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To examine the ability of the personality dimension dispositional optimism to predict short-term obesity treatment outcomes (weeks of programs attendance and wight loss). 177 consecutive persons seeking outpatient treatment at a university-based weight management center completed the revised Life Orientation Test (LOT-R; Scheier, Carver, and Bridges, 1994) and underwent a comprehensive medically monitored weight loss program. The overall Lot-R and optimism subscales did not correlate with either attendance or weight loss. However, the pessimism subscale was positively associated with weeks of attendance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-143
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology


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