Topical Section: Scale and Questionnaire Development
Validity of the night eating questionnaire in children
Version of Record online: 19 APR 2012
Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 45, Issue 7, pages 861–865, November 2012
How to Cite
Gallant, A. R., Lundgren, J., Allison, K., Stunkard, A. J., Lambert, M., O'Loughlin, J., Lemieux, S., Tremblay, A. and Drapeau, V. (2012), Validity of the night eating questionnaire in children. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 45: 861–865. doi: 10.1002/eat.22021
- Issue online: 17 OCT 2012
- Version of Record online: 19 APR 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 20 FEB 2012
- night eating questionnaire;
- dietary recall
To measure the construct validity of the Night Eating Questionnaire (NEQ) in children against a parent report of child night eating syndrome (NES) symptoms (NEQ report) and a 3-day dietary recall.
NEQ of 304 children from the QUALITY (QUébec Adipose and Lifestyle InvesTigation in Youth) cohort were compared to a parent report and 3-day dietary recall.
Child NEQ scores were related to the parent NEQ report (ρ = 0.30 p < 0.0001) yet there were inconsistencies between responses concerning sleep troubles. Total child NEQ scores, but not parent NEQ report scores, were associated with dietary manifestations of NES such as increased evening (ρ = 0.20, p < .001) and reduced morning intake (ρ= −0.12, p < .05).
The NEQ score is related to eating patterns of NES in children and is more informative than a parent report, specifically when used in conjunction with dietary recall. © 2012 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2012;45:861–865)