Date of Submission


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



Department Chair

Arthur Freeman, Ed.D., ABPP

First Advisor

Stephanie Felgoise, Ph.D., ABPP, Chairperson

Second Advisor

Rosemary Mennuti, Ed.D.

Third Advisor

Eugene Mochan, Ph.D., D.O.


This cross-sectional observational study identifies specific predictors of large women's satisfaction with health care and participation in preventive care as measured by pelvic screening examinations. A total of 87 large adult women completed a survey, including measures of self-objectification, affective experience, satisfaction with health care, and health care locus of control. Multiple regression analysis was employed to analyze results. The hypotheses of this study were as follows: (1) BMI, self-objectification, negative affect and locus of control will predict satisfaction with medical care; (2) pelvic screening examinations and patient satisfaction with medical care will be positively related (3) self-objectification and negative affect will be positively related; (4) self-objectification and external locus of control will be positively related; (5) negative affect and external health locus of control will be positively related. Participation in preventive care reduces morbidity and mortality associated with disease. Understanding predictors of large women's satisfaction with medical care is a good first step toward improving large women's participation in health care.