Assessing eating disorder thoughts and behaviors: The development and preliminary evaluation of two questionnaires

Myra J. Cooper, Gillian Todd, Rachel Woolrich, Kate Somerville, Adrian Wells

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    Abstract

    This paper describes the development of two measures. The first is designed to assess eating disorder-related automatic thoughts; the second is designed to assess a wide range of eating disorder-related behaviors. Principal components analysis identified three dimensions of thoughts: positive thoughts about eating, negative thoughts about eating, and permissive thoughts. Principal components analysis also identified six dimensions of behavior related to: shape and weight, bingeing, dieting, food, eating, and overeating. Both measures possess promising psychometric properties, including good construct and criterion-related validity. Both successfully discriminated eating disorder patients from dieting and non-dieting groups. The two measures may be useful additions to those currently available to researchers (and clinicians) interested in eating disorders. © 2006 Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)551-570
    Number of pages19
    JournalCognitive Therapy and Research
    Volume30
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006

    Keywords

    • Behaviors
    • Cognition
    • Eating disorders

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