Type D personality and dietary intake: the mediating effects of coping style

Lorna Booth, Lynn Williams

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This study aimed to investigate the relationship between Type D and dietary intake and to determine whether this relationship is mediated by coping. In a cross-sectional study, 187 healthy participants completed a self-report questionnaire measuring Type D personality, dietary intake and coping. Results showed that Type D was associated with maladaptive coping and significantly less healthy food intake, including more consumption of fat and sugar, and significantly less consumption of fruit and vegetables. Regression analyses showed that this relationship was partially mediated by coping. The results suggest that Type D personality may represent a risk factor for unhealthy eating.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015


  • coping
  • healthy eating
  • negative affect
  • personality
  • social inhibition

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