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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.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Int J Eat Disord

Publication Date

12/1994

Volume

16

Pages

363 - 370

Keywords

Adolescent, Adult, Body Height, Body Mass Index, Body Weight, Feeding and Eating Disorders, Female, Humans, Interviews as Topic, Self-Assessment, Surveys and Questionnaires