Assessment of eating disorders: Interview versus questionnaire

Carolyn M.D. Black, G. Terence Wilson

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Objective: This study assessed the validity of the Eating Disorder Examination-Questionnaire (EDE-Q) in identifying eating disorder symptoms in female substance abusers. Method: Subjects were assessed for the presence of eating disorder behaviors and attitudes using the Eating Disorder Examination (EDE), a semistructured interview, and the EDE-Q. The results of the two measures were then compared. Results: Results showed that the EDE-Q does identity eating disorders in this population. It is more accurate in assessing purging than the more complex features of binge eating and dietary restraint. Discussion: Eating disorders and substance abuse co-occur at a higher rate than expected by chance, and recent findings indicate that eating disorders often go undetected among patients with substance abuse. The EDE-Q appears to be an effective screening instrument for detecting the presence of eating disorder symptoms in this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-50
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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