The Yale–Brown–Cornell eating disorder scale in women with anorexia nervosa: What is it measuring?
Version of Record online: 24 OCT 2008
Copyright © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 42, Issue 3, pages 267–274, April 2009
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Jordan, J., Joyce, P. R., Carter, F. A., McIntosh, V. V.W., Luty, S. E., McKenzie, J. M., Frampton, C. M.A. and Bulik, C. M. (2009), The Yale–Brown–Cornell eating disorder scale in women with anorexia nervosa: What is it measuring?. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 42: 267–274. doi: 10.1002/eat.20605
- Issue online: 4 MAR 2009
- Version of Record online: 24 OCT 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 23 AUG 2008
- Health Research Council of New Zealand
- the Yale–Brown–Cornell Eating Disorder Scale;
- anorexia nervosa;
- eating disorders;
The Yale–Brown–Cornell Eating Disorder Scale (YBC-EDS) assesses eating disorder preoccupations, rituals, and symptom severity. This study examines the YBC-EDS in relation to eating disorder psychopathology, obsessionality, and impul-sivityvariables in women with anorexia nervosa (AN) and sensitivity of the YBC-EDS to change after psychotherapy.
Participants were 56 women with “spectrum” AN (14.5 < BMI < 19). Variables examined in relation to the YBC-EDS were as follows: eating pathology, obsessionality (obsessive compulsive disorder and personality diagnoses, perfectionism), and impulsivity (borderline personality, impulsive traits, and behaviors). YBC-EDS scores were examined pre- and post-treatment.
Eating Disorder Examination scores most strongly predicted the YBC-EDS. As expected, perfectionism was significantly associated, but so was impulsivity. YBC-EDS scores were significantly different in those with good versus poor global outcome after therapy. Unexpectedly, maximum lifetime BMI was correlated with the YBC-EDS.
The YBC-EDS most strongly measured eating disorder severity and reflected change after psychotherapy for AN. © 2008 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2009