Psychometric properties of measures of eating disorder risk in latina college women

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  • Debra L. Franko PhD,

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    1. Northeastern University, Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology, Boston, Massachusetts
    • Northeastern University, Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology, 404 INV, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
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  • Amy Jenkins MS,

    1. Northeastern University, Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology, Boston, Massachusetts
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  • James P. Roehrig MA,

    1. Northeastern University, Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology, Boston, Massachusetts
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  • Kristine H. Luce PhD,

    1. Stanford University, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, California
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  • Janis H. Crowther PhD,

    1. Kent State University, Department of Psychology, Kent, Ohio
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  • Rachel F. Rodgers PhD

    1. Northeastern University, Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology, Boston, Massachusetts
    2. Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches en Psychopathologie CERPP, Pavillon de la Maison de la Recherche, Université Toulouse II le Mirail, 31058 Toulouse, France
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Abstract

Objective:

Latina college women are at risk for eating disorders (EDs), but assessment is problematic, because the psychometric properties of risk factor measures have not been evaluated with this group.

Method:

Reliability and validity estimates of the Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire, Body Esteem Scale, Sociocultural Attitudes Toward Appearance Questionnaire-3, and Body Shape Questionnaire were examined in a sample of 173 female Latina college students.

Results:

Cronbach α coefficients (.75–.96) and intraclass coefficients (.65–.96) indicated good reliability. Most measures were significantly correlated, providing evidence for convergent validity. Confirmatory factor analyses resulted in good fit indices.

Discussion:

These findings indicate that commonly used measures of ED risk have adequate reliability and validity in Latina college women. Comparison data suggest that ED risk may be similar or even higher in Latina college women relative to Caucasian college women. Prevention efforts with diverse groups are needed. © 2012 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2012)

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