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Acta Paediatr. 2012 Sep;101(9):973-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2012.02738.x. Epub 2012 Jun 7.

Concurrent validity of self-report measures of eating disorders in adolescents with type 1 diabetes.

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  • 1Queensland Diabetes Centre, Mater Health Services Brisbane, QLD, Australia.



Eating disorder screening tools have not been adequately validated for use with adolescents with type 1 diabetes. This study compared the Youth Eating Disorder Examination-Questionnaire (YEDE-Q) and the Eating Disorder Inventory-3 Risk Composite (EDI-3RC) against the child Eating Disorder Examination (chEDE). These screening tools were chosen because they broadly assess eating disorder psychopathology and have subscales helpful for clinical management.


In this cross-sectional study, 124 adolescents with type 1 diabetes aged 13-18 years completed two self-administered questionnaires, the YEDE-Q and the EDI-3RC. Cronbach's alpha was used to assess internal consistency of the tools. Fifty-one adolescents, randomly selected, participated in the chEDE. Intraclass correlations and Spearman's correlations were used to measure concordance of the chEDE with the YEDE-Q and EDI-3RC.


The YEDE-Q and EDI-3RC demonstrated good subscale internal consistency; Cronbach's alpha for YEDE-Q (0.78-0.95) and EDI-3RC (0.79-0.94). High levels of concurrent validity with the chEDE were seen with both tools.


Preliminary evidence is provided for the validation of the YEDE-Q and EDI-3RC for use in adolescents with type 1 diabetes. The YEDE-Q also defines individual disturbed eating behaviours with frequency ratings which can be helpful for tailoring early intervention.

© 2012 The Author(s)/Acta Paediatrica © 2012 Foundation Acta Paediatrica.

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