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Nord J Psychiatry. 2010 Dec;64(6):428-32. doi: 10.3109/08039481003797235. Epub 2010 Apr 29.

Norms for the Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire among female university students in Norway.

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  • 1Modum Bad, Research Institute, Vikersund, Norway.



The Eating Disorder Examination (EDE) is a semi-structured interview used worldwide for diagnostic purposes and to assess the core psychopathology of an eating disorder. The Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire 6.0 (EDE-Q) has been developed as a self-report questionnaire version of the full-length interview.


This study was conducted to establish norms among female university students in Norway and to test the reliability of the Norwegian version of the EDE-Q.


The questionnaire was administered to 670 young adult women with a mean age (±standard deviation) of 24.8±6.9 years.


Participants' mean global EDE-Q score was 1.42±1.07 and subscales means were as follows: 1.44±1.23 for restraint, 0.63±0.88 for eating concern, 2.00±1.42 for shape concern, and 1.63±1.36 for weight concern. Acceptable levels of internal consistency were observed; Cronbach's alpha coefficients were 0.94 for the global EDE-Q score and 0.75-0.90 for the subscales. To evaluate the temporal stability of the EDE-Q, a total of 159 participants completed the measure 1 week later. Spearman's correlation coefficients were 0.93 for global EDE-Q and for the subscales 0.82-0.91, indicating a satisfactory level of test-retest reliability.


The EDE-Q was easily administered and required only a few minutes to complete. This brief questionnaire provides a psychometrically established and cost-savings method of quickly assessing the core psychopathology of an eating disorder.

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