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La semantica dell'obesità: un contributo empirico
Author/s: Marco Castiglioni, Laura Contino, Paola Golzio 
Year:  2003 Issue: 72 Language: Italian 
Pages:  21 FullText PDF:  111 KB

This study aims to test empirically the theory that obesity is psychologically linked to the semantics of power (Ugazio, 1998). The hypothesis was that personal meanings of winner/loser and associated meanings are pre-eminent for obese people.The Repertory Grid Test (Kelly, 1955) was applied to two groups of young subjects, Group 1 obese/overweight and Group 2 of normal weight, to elicit their most significant personal constructs. The constructs were grouped in semantic categories and the data compared using Student’s t test. Group 1’s constructs were found to be significantly more connected to the semantics of power than Group 2’s. The empirical data seems to confirm the hypothesis. The results are discussed in the light of methodological problems encountered.

Marco Castiglioni, Laura Contino, Paola Golzio, in "TERAPIA FAMILIARE" 72/2003, pp. , DOI:


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