Mond, JM and Hay, PJ and Rodgers, B and Owen, C, Self-report versus interview assessment of purging in a community sample of women, European Eating Disorders Review, 15, (6) pp. 403-409. ISSN 1072-4133 (2007) [Refereed Article]
Copyright 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.
Objective and Methods: Agreement between self-report and interview assessment of purging behaviours was examined in a community sample of women with a high level of eating disorder symptoms (n ¼ 324) who completed both the Eating Disorder Examination (EDE) and Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire (EDE-Q).
Results: Of 46 individuals who reported any use of self-induced vomiting or laxative misuse on the questionnaire, 19 (41.7%) denied these behaviours when subsequently questioned in a face-to-face interview. These individuals had lower levels of eating disorder psychopathology, functional impairment and general psychological distress, than participants who reported purging on both the questionnaire and at interview (n ¼ 27).
Conclusions: The assumption of interview superiority in the assessment of specific aspects of eating disorder psychopathology should not be uncritically accepted. Caution should be exercised in drawing conclusions concerning the level of agreement between self-report and interview assessment of purging based on research in clinical samples.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||Eating disorders, Purging|
|Research Division:||Medical and Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Public Health and Health Services|
|Research Field:||Mental Health|
|Objective Group:||Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)|
|Objective Field:||Mental Health|
|UTAS Author:||Mond, JM (Dr Jon Mond)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||43|
|Deposited By:||Centre for Rural Health|
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