Psychology Department Colloquium - Samantha Scurrey

Feb 15th, 2022

Psych Dept.

For this week's Colloquium, on February 18th, we will be joined by Samantha Scurrey. Please see the talk title and summary below:

Title: Internalized Weight-bias and Psychological Correlates, and the Role of Social Support Among Individuals Seeking Bariatric Surgery

Summary: Mental illnesses are heightened among individuals seeking and undergoing bariatric surgery when compared with the general population. An important factor to consider when examining the increased rates of mental illnesses among individuals seeking bariatric surgery that has been largely neglected until recently is internalized weight bias (IWB). IWB has been found to be positively associated with psychological disorders and factors, and negatively associated with self-esteem and quality of life. However, one limitation of the current research is the limited consideration paid to socially desirable responding which has been found to be heightened in this population. Further, it is paramount to investigate factors that may be protective against IWB and related consequences. One potential protective factor of IWB is social support, which has not yet been explored. The current study aims to 1) examine the association between IWB and symptoms of depression, anxiety, binge eating, self-esteem and quality of life and 2) investigate the potential moderating role of social support between IWB and significant mental health and quality of life outcomes.

Reminder: Colloquium this week will also be virtual as the presenter is out-of-province. Meeting details are below:

Friday, 18 Feb, 2022 3:00 pm | 1 hour | (UTC-03:30) Newfoundland
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