Validation of the modified weight bias internalization scale in a Spanish adult population

Sergio Macho, Ana Andrés, Carmina Saldaña

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Weight bias internalization has received considerable attention in recent years and has been associated with serious psychological and physical consequences in Westernized societies. The modified weight bias internalization scale (WBIS-M) is one of the most frequently used instruments for assessing internalized weight stigma across different body weight categories. The aim of this study was to adapt the WBIS-M for use in Spanish adult populations. The sample consisted of 678 participants from the Spanish general population recruited through the internet, 79.6% of whom were women. The scale was translated into Spanish and then backtranslated. To study the internal structure, a cross-validation analysis was carried out including both exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses to assess the scale's psychometric properties. Internal consistency was evaluated using Cronbach's alpha and McDonald's omega and a test-retest was conducted to assess one-month stability. Results confirmed that the Spanish adaptation of the WBIS-M is an 11-item unidimensional scale, like the original version and shows excellent psychometric properties. In conclusion, the Spanish WBIS-M version seems to be a robust psychometric tool for use in clinical and research settings.

Idioma originalAnglès
Número d’articlee12454
Nombre de pàgines8
RevistaClinical Obesity
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - d’ag. 2021


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