Bulimic symptoms in adolescent girls and boys

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Abstract

Objective

The factor structure of the Bulimic Investigatory Test (BITE) was examined in adolescent girls and boys.

Method

Seven hundred and seventy seven adolescents (427 girls and 350 boys) completed the BITE.

Results

Consistent with the original scale, one factor describing overall bulimic symptoms was found for the girls. However, two factors were required to summarize the boys' symptoms: “Emotional and Rigid/Disruptive Eating Style” and “Food Preoccupation and Binging.”

Discussion

The results are discussed in relation to Fairburn's (Fairburn. (1995). Overcoming Binge Eating. New York: Guilford) distinction which separates problem from nonproblem binge eating. Further studies are now needed to examine the mechanisms underlying the development of bulimic eating in boys and young men. © 1999 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 26: 217–221, 1999.

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