The Yale-Brown-Cornell eating disorder scale: A new scale to assess eating disorder symptomatology

Authors

  • Suzanne R. Sunday Ph.D.,

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    1. Assistant Professor of Psychobiology in Psychiatry at New York Hospital—Cornell University Medical Center-Westchester Division
    • Department of Psychiatry, New York Hospital—Cornell University Medical Center, 21 Bloomingdale Rd., White Plains, NY 10605
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  • Katherine A. Halmi M.D.,

    1. Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Eating Disorders Program at New York Hospital—Cornell University Medical Center-Westchester Division
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  • Andrea Einhorn M.S.

    1. A research assistant at New York Hospital—Cornell University Medical Center-Westchester Division
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Abstract

Anorectic and bulimic patients (n = 100) were interviewed using the Yale-Brown-Cornell Eating Disorder Scale (YBC-EDS). All patients reported preoccupations and rituals related to their eating disorder ranging from mild to severe symptomatology, with mean scores in the moderate range. The preoccupations were more severe than the rituals; however, the rituals were still time-consuming, distressing, and interfered with functioning. Both preoccupations and rituals were largely ego syntonic. The YBC-EDS is an easy to administer interview which characterizes and quantifies preoccupations and rituals associated with eating disorders. It is useful both for research and clinical purposes. © 1995 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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