Testing the validity of eating disorder diagnoses

Authors

  • Stephen A. Wonderlich PhD,

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    1. Department of Clinical Neuroscience, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, Grand Fork, North Dakota
    • Department of Clinical Neuroscience, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 1919 Elm St. N Fargo, ND 58102
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  • Ross D. Crosby PhD,

    1. Department of Clinical Neuroscience, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, Grand Fork, North Dakota
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  • James E. Mitchell MD,

    1. Department of Clinical Neuroscience, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, Grand Fork, North Dakota
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  • Scott G. Engel PhD

    1. Department of Clinical Neuroscience, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, Grand Fork, North Dakota
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Abstract

Objective:

This paper overviews the issue of validity testing for eating disorder diagnoses.

Method:

A variety of different approaches to validity testing are reviewed, with an emphasis on clinically oriented validity testing for the DSM-V.

Results:

Validators of eating disorder diagnoses are likely to vary in terms of their scientific and clinical utility. Given that the DSM-V is a clinical document, validators which provide predictive clinical information will be most useful.

Conclusion:

Clinicians and researchers alike may differ in their approach to validating eating disorder diagnoses depending on the purpose of the validation. © 2007 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2007

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