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Cognitive Debriefing: Developing and instrument to measure Internalized Weight Bias among Adolescents

For many years, overweight and obesity has been highly stigmatized in society, and children are often bullied or teased for their weight. Over time, these experiences can cause adolescents to feel badly about themselves and view themselves as society views them. We call this process the internalization of weight bias or IWB. IWB can increase feelings of depression and anxiety and is associated with unhealthy eating behaviors. For this project, we wanted to create a questionnaire to measure this important topic, and get feedback from adolescents and professionals to make sure the questions are correct and easy to understand. We want to recruit 20 adolescents age 12-17 and medical professionals to review some questions and provide their feedback on these questions by participating in an interview. Participants will be compensated for their time.

We would like to interview teens and health professionals to review some survey questions and make sure that the questions we use to measure this concept are appropriate. These interviews will take 60-90 minutes over ZOOM.


Melissa Butt
Melissa Butt - at or 717-531-0003, ext=282467

Younger than 18 years old
This study is NOT accepting healthy volunteers
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Inclusion Criteria:
Teens (age 12-17)
Access to internet
Access to video conference
Permission from Parents

Exclusion Criteria:
No parental consent
No internet or video conference
Mental & Behavioral Health
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