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Title: Body weight and self-esteem in patients with schizophrenia evaluated with B-WISE(R)
Authors: De Hert, Marc ×
Peuskens, Bie
van Winkel, Ruud
Kalnicka, Dita
Hanssens, Linda
Van Eyck, Dominique
Wyckaert, Sabien
Peuskens, Joseph #
Issue Date: Nov-2006
Series Title: Schizophrenia research vol:88 issue:1-3 pages:222-226
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Metabolic abnormalities and weight gain are an important problem in patients with schizophrenia. An instrument to evaluate body image and self-esteem related to weight has recently been developed (B-WISE(R)). The first objective was to evaluate whether the findings of the original validation study could be confirmed in a European sample. The second objective was to explore the association of B-WISE(R) scores with the metabolic syndrome and glucose abnormalities. METHODS: A Dutch translation of B-WISE(R) was tested in a large sample of patients with schizophrenia (n=300) who underwent an extensive metabolic screening. RESULTS: The original findings with B-WISE(R) were confirmed in an independent sample. Scores on B-WISE(R) differed significantly as a function of BMI. Scores on B-WISE(R) also differentiated patients with and without the metabolic syndrome and glucose abnormalities. Patients experiencing a recent weight gain had lower self-esteem and poorer psychosocial adaptation. CONCLUSION: B-WISE(R) could be a useful instrument to evaluate the subjective psychosocial consequences associated with current weight and weight gain in patients with schizophrenia.
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ISSN: 0920-9964
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:University Centre Sint Jozef (-)
Research Group Psychiatry
× corresponding author
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