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Int J Eat Disord. 1994 Dec;16(4):363-70.

Assessment of eating disorders: interview or self-report questionnaire?

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  • 1Oxford University Department of Psychiatry, Warneford Hospital, United Kingdom.

Abstract

A detailed comparison was made of two methods for assessing the features of eating disorders. An investigator-based interview was compared with a self-report questionnaire based directly on that interview. A number of important discrepancies emerged. Although the two measures performed similarly with respect to the assessment of unambiguous behavioral features such as self-induced vomiting and dieting, the self-report questionnaire generated higher scores than the interview when assessing more complex features such as binge eating and concerns about shape. Both methods underestimated body weight.

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7866415
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