Implicit Theories of Body Weight: Entity Beliefs Can Weigh You Down

  title={Implicit Theories of Body Weight: Entity Beliefs Can Weigh You Down},
  author={Jeni L. Burnette},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={410 - 422}
  • J. Burnette
  • Published 1 March 2010
  • Psychology
  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
The current research extended the implicit theory approach to a weight management context and merged it with value expectancy theory. Three studies investigated the hypothesis that individuals are especially unlikely to self-regulate effectively after dieting setbacks when they believe body weight to be fixed (entity theory) rather than malleable (incremental theory). Study 1 examined avoidant coping after a hypothetical dieting setback. Study 2 examined the implicit theory—avoidant coping… 

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