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Superwoman's kryptonite: The superwoman schema and perceived barriers to weight management among U.S. Black women.

Authors
  • Harris, Charlie L1
  • Goldman, Brian M1
  • Gurkas, Pinar1
  • Butler, Crystal2
  • Bookman, Priscilla1
  • 1 Clayton State University, USA.
  • 2 Kennesaw State University, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of health psychology
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2022
Volume
27
Issue
13
Pages
2887–2897
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/13591053211068974
PMID: 35086379
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The role that the superwoman schema (SWS) plays in U.S. Black women's perceptions of barriers (biological, psychological, and sociological) to healthy weight management is unknown. This exploratory study examined whether 122 women classified as normal weight, overweight or obese differed in their perceptions of types of barriers and if the SWS predicted perceived barriers to weight management. Women classified as obese reported more barriers than those classified as normal weight. The SWS uniquely positively predicted perceived psychological and sociological barriers. Our findings suggest that the SWS may play a vital role in the self-management of weight in U.S. Black women.

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