3. Psychological Assessment in Eating Disorders

  1. John R. E. Fox2 and
  2. Ken P. Goss3
  1. Ken Goss3,
  2. Steven Allan1,
  3. Lisa Galsworthy-Francis3 and
  4. Bhavisha Dave3

Published Online: 3 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118328910.ch3

Eating and its Disorders

Eating and its Disorders

How to Cite

Goss, K., Allan, S., Galsworthy-Francis, L. and Dave, B. (2012) Psychological Assessment in Eating Disorders, in Eating and its Disorders (eds J. R. E. Fox and K. P. Goss), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118328910.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Division of Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester, UK

  2. 3

    Coventry Eating Disorders Service, United Kingdom

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Leicester, UK

  2. 3

    Coventry Eating Disorders Service, United Kingdom

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 9 OCT 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470683545

Online ISBN: 9781118328910



  • client's initial disclosure;
  • eating disorders (EDs);
  • eating disorder psychopathology;
  • eating disorder symptom;
  • psychological assessment


This chapter outlines some of the complexities involved in the assessment of eating disorders (EDs) in adults. It primarily focuses on the psychological assessment of people with an ED. The chapter talks about the client's initial disclosure of their eating disorder symptoms and their stance in relation to assessment. Specialist face-to-face assessment allows the clinician to clarify pre-assessment information, to develop a collaborative therapeutic relationship, and to enhance the client's motivation to engage in treatment. The clinician also needs to be able to integrate information from a diverse range of sources, including interviews, self-report scales, other services and agencies, relatives and carers. The chapter also explores ways of assessing eating disorder psychopathology, and the client's ability to engage in and benefit from treatment. Finally, the chapter discusses how the outcome of assessment may be shared with clients, carers and referrers.