Exploring the Links Between Culture, Locus of Control and Self-Compassion and their Roles in the Formation of Weight Stigmatization

Tunteeya Yamaoka, Peta Stapleton


The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between culture, locus of control, and self-compassion in conceptualizing weight stigmatization. Participants (N = 138) completed self-administered questionnaires, including: the Attitude Towards Obese Persons Scale (ATOP), Beliefs About Obese Persons Scale (BAOP), Anti-Fat Attitudes Scale (AFA), Multidimensional Health Locus of Control Scale (MHLC-Form B), Self-Compassion Scale (SCS), Individualism/Collectivism Scale (IND/COL), and Marlowe Crown Social Desirability Scale (MCSD Short-Form). Results suggest that self-compassion is a significant negative predictor of weight stigmatization, and had the potential to reduce weight bias. Collectivism was a significant negative predictor of weight stigmatization, and another variable that may reduce weight bias. Internal locus of control was a significant negative predictor of weight stigmatization, and a potential buffer of weight bias. These findings have implications for decreasing anti-fat prejudice and reducing weight stigmatization.

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