Partner Facilitation and Partner Interference in Individuals' Weight Loss Goals

Jennifer A. Theiss, Amanda M. Carpenter, John Leustek

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Drawing on the logic of the relational turbulence model, this study examined the ways in which romantic partners facilitate and interfere with individuals' weight loss goals. Participants (N = 122) described the ways in which their romantic partner had recently helped or hindered their weight loss at four times over the course of 2 months. We conducted a content analysis of responses to identify themes of partner facilitation (Research Question 1 [RQ1]) and partner interference (RQ2) in individuals' weight loss goals. Results revealed seven themes of partner facilitation: (a) partner enabling diet, (b) motivation and encouragement, (c) emotional support and positive reinforcement, (d) exercising together, (e) partner enabling exercise, (f) dieting together, and (g) relationship influence and priorities. Four themes of partner interference emerged in the data: (a) inability to plan for healthy meals, (b) inability to control the food environment, (c) preventing or discouraging exercise, and (d) emotional or relational discouragement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1318-1330
Number of pages13
JournalQualitative Health Research
Issue number10
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


  • communication
  • content analysis
  • longitudinal studies
  • obesity / overweight
  • qualitative
  • relationships
  • weight management


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