Tools for Researchers
Part of our mission is to support the work of researchers investigating weight bias. Below, we provide a number of downloadable measures that may be used in studies assessing weight bias and intervention effectiveness. The citation information is listed on the measures.
THE IMPLICIT ASSOCIATION TEST (IAT)
The Implicit Associations Test is a timed, word categorization task that we use both in research and clinical presentations. The tests are designed to measure implicit attitudes towards obesity. A full description of the IAT can be found in our publications using this measure (see Teachman & Brownell, 2001).
The IAT has been used extensively in the field of social psychology. The following versions of the IAT were developed by our group and may be used by other researchers.
- Download Control IAT in pdf format: Insects - Good and Insects - Bad
- Download IAT in pdf format: Fat - Good and Fat - Bad
- Download IAT in pdf format: Fat - Smart and Fat - Stupid
- Download IAT in pdf format: Fat - Motivated and Fat - Lazy
- Download Child IAT in pdf format: Child Fat - Good and Child Fat - Bad
- Download Child IAT in pdf format: Child Fat - Smart and Child Fat - Stupid
There are other measures that can be used to assess weight bias and negative attitudes toward obese individuals. If you are doing research in this area, you may want to consult these examples of published self-report measures.