Eating disorder examination-questionnaire with and without instruction to assess binge eating in patients with binge eating disorder

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OBJECTIVE: The current study examined whether adding written definitions and examples of binge eating to the Eating Disorder Examination-Questionnaire enhances its utility to assess binge frequency in patients with binge eating disorder (BED). METHOD: Eighty-nine women and men with BED completed the EDE-Q (without instruction; n = 37) or the EDE-Q-I (with instruction; n = 52) before receiving the EDE interview. Binge frequency was measured as the number of binge days (days on which one or more objective binge episodes occurred) over the past 28 days. RESULTS: Binge frequency correlations between the EDE and EDE-Q-I were strongly significant (r = .543, p = .000), whereas correlations between the EDE and EDE-Q were not significant (r = .197, p = .242). DISCUSSION: Providing brief detailed instructions improves the performance of the EDE-Q when evaluating binge eating in patients with BED. This suggests that, with relatively minor modifications, the EDE-Q may be a viable alternative to the EDE in assessing binge frequency in this population.

AuthorGoldfein, Juli a.; Devlin, Michael J. & Kamenetz, Claudia
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume37(2):107-111
Year2005

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