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Eat Behav. 2011 Dec;12(4):317-20. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2011.07.007. Epub 2011 Jul 24.

Measurement invariance of the Eating Attitudes Test-26 in Caucasian and Hispanic women.

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  • 1University of New Mexico, Psychology Department, Albuquerque, NM, USA.

Abstract

To determine whether the EAT-26 functions similarly in Caucasian and Hispanic samples, the current study investigated the factor structure of the Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26) in 235 undergraduate Caucasian (53.6%) and Hispanic (46.4%) women, and tested for measurement invariance across the two samples. A Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA) of the original 3-factor structure of the EAT resulted in a poor fit in both the Caucasian and Hispanic samples. We then performed a CFA using a previously discovered 4-factor, 16-item structure. This abbreviated measure was a good fit in both the Caucasian and Hispanic samples, and the model was invariant across all dimensions tested. The 16-item EAT is a better-fitting measure in Caucasian and Hispanic women than the commonly used EAT-26. This replicates an earlier finding and generalizes those conclusions to a Hispanic sample.

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