Assessment of eating disorders: Interview versus questionnaire
Article first published online: 6 DEC 1998
Copyright © 1996 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 20, Issue 1, pages 43–50, July 1996
How to Cite
Black, C. M. D. and Wilson, G. T. (1996), Assessment of eating disorders: Interview versus questionnaire. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 20: 43–50. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1098-108X(199607)20:1<43::AID-EAT5>3.0.CO;2-4
- Issue published online: 6 DEC 1998
- Article first published online: 6 DEC 1998
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 MAR 1995
This study assessed the validity of the Eating Disorder Examination—Questionnaire (EDE-Q) in identifying eating disorder symptoms in female substance abusers. Method: Subjects were assessed for the presence of eating disorder behaviors and attitudes using the Eating Disorder Examination (EDE), a semistructured interview, and the EDE-Q. The results of the two measures were then compared. Results: Results showed that the EDE-Q does identify eating disorders in this population. It is more accurate in assessing purging than the more complex features of binge eating and dietary restraint. Discussion: Eating disorders and substance abuse co-occur at a higher rate than expected by chance, and recent findings indicate that eating disorders often go undetected among patients with substance abuse. The EDE-Q appears to be an effective screening instrument for detecting the presence of eating disorder symptoms in this population. © 1996 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.