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Keywords:

  • Yale-Brown-Cornell Eating Disorders Scale;
  • eating disorders;
  • self-report questionnaire

Abstract

Objective:

The YBC-EDS is a semistructured interview assessing core preoccupations and rituals related to eating disorders.

Method:

We developed and conducted an examination of the reliability and validity of a self-report questionnaire (SRQ) version of the YBC-EDS. Convergent validity of YBC-EDS-SRQ with the YBC-EDS was examined for 112 eating disordered patients.

Results:

All subscales and total scores were significantly intercorrelated. Thirty-one additional patients completed YBC-EDS-SRQ at admission and again 1 week later. All correlations revealed significant test–retest reliability. Discriminant validity of the SRQ was evaluated for a smaller subset of participants who completed the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and State Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI). There were no significant correlations between various symptom dimensions of the YBC-EDS-SRQ and the BDI and STAI.

Discussion:

Taken together, these findings indicate that the self-report form of the YBC-EDS is both valid and reliable. The SRQ can serve as a useful and efficient assessment of eating disorder patients for clinicians and researchers. © 2012 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2012;45:856–860)