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Keywords:

  • Eating disorders;
  • disordered eating;
  • adolescents;
  • prevalence;
  • screening instrument

Viborg, N., Wångby-Lundh, M., Lundh, L.-G. & Johnsson P. (2012). Eating-related problems among 13-15 year old Swedish adolescents: Frequency and stability over a one-year period. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology 53, 401–406.

The frequency of eating-related problems in young adolescents, and their stability over a one-year period, was studied by the RiBED-8 (Risk Behaviours related to Eating Disorders, 8 items) in a community sample of 13–15 year old adolescents who took part in a prospective study with a 2-wave longitudinal design. The RiBED-8 was found to have good reliability and construct validity among the girls, although it did not show equally convincing psychometric properties among boys. With a cut-off of at least three critical answers on the RiBED-8, 28.5–31.0% of the girls were seen as risk cases for the development of eating disorder. Of those girls who were risk cases at Time 1, a majority (68.8%) remained so at Time 2; of those girls who were not risk cases at Time 1, 16.1% became risk cases at Time 2. It is suggested that the RiBED-8 is a brief, easily administered instrument that may be potentially useful in screening for eating-related problems among girls.