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

  • Giada PietrabissaEmail author
  • Angela Sorgente
  • Alessandro Rossi
  • Susan Simpson
  • Giuseppe Riva
  • Gian Mauro Manzoni
  • James O. Prochaska
  • Janice M. Prochaska
  • Roberto Cattivelli
  • Gianluca Castelnuovo
Original Article

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.

Keywords

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

Notes

Acknowledgments

The author(s) received no financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest.

Research involving human participants and/or animals

All procedures performed in studies were run in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed consent

Written informed consent was obtained from all participants.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giada Pietrabissa
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Angela Sorgente
    • 2
  • Alessandro Rossi
    • 1
  • Susan Simpson
    • 3
  • Giuseppe Riva
    • 2
    • 4
  • Gian Mauro Manzoni
    • 1
    • 5
  • James O. Prochaska
    • 6
  • Janice M. Prochaska
    • 7
  • Roberto Cattivelli
    • 1
    • 2
  • Gianluca Castelnuovo
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Psychology Research LaboratoryOspedale San Giuseppe, IRCCS, Istituto Auxologico ItalianoVerbaniaItaly
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyCatholic University of MilanMilanItaly
  3. 3.School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, University of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia
  4. 4.Applied Technology for Neuro-Psychology LaboratoryIstituto Auxologico Italiano IRCCSMilanItaly
  5. 5.Faculty of PsychologyeCampus UniversityNovedrateItaly
  6. 6.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Rhode IslandKingstonUSA
  7. 7.Pro-Change Behavior Systems, IncWest KingstonUSA

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