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J Pers Assess. 1992 Feb;58(1):27-35.

The factor structure and criterion validity of the short form of the Eating Attitudes Test.

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  • 1Bar-Ilan University and Mental Health Department, Medical Corps, Israel Defense Forces.


One of the more frequently used measures of eating disorders is the 40-item Eating Attitudes Test (EAT) developed by Garner and Garfinkel (1979). Although originally designed to diagnose anorexia nervosa, the test has recently been applied to nonclinical populations also. In this study, we examined psychometric and validity data for a short version of the scale, the EAT-26. Using a sample of 809 female soldiers in their late teens, results showed that the EAT-26 is reliable, the factor structure is different from that obtained in clinical groups, and the EAT-26 is significantly correlated with body image, weight, and diet.

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