Distinguishing between healthy and unhealthy eating behaviour: a personality trait perspective

Mullen, Kathryn and Patrick, Jeff (2007) Distinguishing between healthy and unhealthy eating behaviour: a personality trait perspective. In: 42nd Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference 2007, 25-29 Sep 2007, Brisbane, Australia.


The aim of this research was to ascertain whether eating behaviour is associated with personality traits. It is hoped that the evidence from this research will further understanding of the possible effect of personality on eating behaviour. One hundred and thirty-nine participants were recruited from students at the University of Southern Queensland and individuals from the general public. Each participant was required to complete the Multiple Personality Trait Inventory and the Eating Behaviour Questionnaire. This research demonstrated that high optimism was related to healthy eating behaviour and high impulsivity was associated with disordered eating behaviour. The implications of these findings suggest that personality may be one possible factor that protects an individual from engaging in unhealthy eating patterns. This study also supported the notion that personality may be involved in the development of disordered eating behaviour. Nevertheless, due to the limitations of this study, further research is warranted.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version deposited according to Publisher's requirements: 'This is an electronic version of an article published in Moore, Kate (Ed.)(2007). Proceedings of the 42nd Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference (pp. 277-281). Melbourne, Australia: Australian Psychological Society. ISBN 978-0-909881-33-7.'
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2007 05:41
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:55
Uncontrolled Keywords: eating behaviour; personality traits
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170202 Decision Making
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1111 Nutrition and Dietetics > 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/3640

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