Psychometric Evaluation of the Social Problem-Solving Inventory-Revised Among Overweight or Obese Adults

Jing Wang, Judith T. Matthews, Susan M. Sereika, Eileen R. Chasens, Linda J. Ewing, Lora E. Burke

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Abstract

Problem solving is a key component of weight loss programs. The Social Problem Solving Inventory-Revised (SPSI-R) has not been evaluated in weight loss studies. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the psychometrics of the SPSI-R. Cronbach's α (.95 for total score;.67-.92 for subscales) confirmed internal consistency reliability. The SPSI-R score was significantly associated (ps <.05) with decreased eating barriers and binge eating, increased self-efficacy in following a cholesterol-lowering diet, consumption of fewer calories and fat grams, more frequent exercise, lower psychological distress, and higher mental quality of life; all suggesting concurrent validity with other instruments used in weight loss studies. However, confirmatory factor analysis of the hypothesized five-factor structure did not fit the data well (χ2 = 350, p <.001).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)585-590
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Psychoeducational Assessment
Volume31
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • behavior therapy
  • problem solving
  • psychometrics
  • weight loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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