Stages of change in obesity and weight management: factorial structure of the Italian version of the University of Rhode Island Change Assessment Scale

Giada Pietrabissa, Angela Sorgente, Alessandro Rossi, Susan Simpson, Giuseppe Riva, Gian Mauro Manzoni, James O. Prochaska, Janice M. Prochaska, Roberto Cattivelli, Gianluca Castelnuovo

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Abstract

Purpose: To examine the factorial structure of the University of Rhode Island Change Assessment Scale (IT-URICA) for weight management in a sample of Italian overweight and obese patients enrolled in a nutritional rehabilitation program. Methods: 334 inpatients completed the translated and adjusted version of the IT-URICA at admission to the hospital. Psychometric testing included confirmatory factor analysis and internal consistency (Cronbach’s α). Results: The IT-URICA for weight management was successfully translated into Italian, and the factorial analysis confirmed the four-factor solution of the commonly accepted version of the measure. Conclusion: High levels of RTC are considered critical to the long-term success of weight management, and the IT-URICA may be an appropriate measure of motivational readiness for use among Italian overweight and obese patients. Its use is, therefore, recommended for clinical and research purposes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-367
Number of pages7
JournalEating and Weight Disorders
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2017

Keywords

  • Obesity
  • Overweight
  • Readiness to change
  • Stages of change
  • University of Rhode Island Change Assessment Scale
  • Validation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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