Self-regulation in Eating Behaviours Scale (SEREB-20): A Validation Study

About this study

This research project will be examining whether the Self-Regulation of Eating Behaviours 20 (SEREB 20) is a reliable and sound test that can be used with individuals whose body mass index (BMI) is greater than 25 and therefore meet the criteria for being overweight. This project will examine whether scores on this test show a relationship with scores on other tests that measure emotional appetite, impulsivity, attention to detail and ability to mentally shift between tasks, habits, lack of awareness, and depression, anxiety, and stress.

Research TeamJessica Cooper (BPsychSci (Hons), MClinPsych student), Dr Jayanthi Raman (PhD), Dean Spirou (MPsychClin, PhD candidate)
InstitutionUniversity of Technology Sydney
Ethics Approval NumberETH21-6747
Funding SourceNo funding
Project Start DateApril 23, 2022
Project End DateSeptember 4, 2022
ParticipantsYou are invited to participate in this survey because you have stated that you are able to fulfill the following inclusion criteria:

• You are between 18-65 years of age
• Currently residing in Australia
• Ability to read and write in English
• You have a Body Mass Index (BMI) equal to or greater than 25
• You are currently seeking support through a weight management clinic or program or a health professional such as a dietician, your general practitioner, or a psychologist.

If you meet any of the following exclusion criteria, we will not ask you to continue completing the survey:
• If you are pregnant or breastfeeding
• If you have any chronic health problems impacting your weight
• If you have had bariatric surgery in the past 12 months
• If you have had any head injuries and/or neurological conditions
What is InvolvedParticipation in this study is voluntary and anonymous. You are free to withdraw at any time prior to submitting your responses It is your choice as to whether or not you decide to take part. If you decide to participate in this study, you will be invited to complete an online survey that will take approximately 40 minutes of your time. You will be asked demographic questions (e.g., age, sex, ethnic background, ability to read and understand English). You will also be asked about whether you are pregnant or breastfeeding, whether you have any chronic health problems impacting on your weight, whether you have had bariatric surgery in the past 12 months, and whether you have had any head injuries and/or neurological conditions. If you have any of these conditions you will NOT be asked to complete the remainder of the online survey.

For those who do not have these conditions, you will then be asked questions around mood, habit, flexibility in thinking, attentive eating behaviours, impulse control, and your ability to regulate your eating.

It is important to note that this survey is not designed to be used to diagnose yourself. Your name and/or any other identifying information will not be used. This is to ensure that you will remain anonymous and arenot identifiable in the report. You can complete this study on either a desktop or using a mobile device.

At the end of the study, you will have the option to open a separate link and enter your email address to enter a prize draw with a 1 in 200 chance to win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards. This separate link will help ensure that your email address will be kept separately from your survey data to protect your identity. You can change your mind to participate at any time or stop completing the survey without adverse consequences.
Contact Details

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