Self-report versus interview assessment of purging in a community sample of women

Jonathan M. Mond*, P. J. Hay, B. Rodgers, C. Owen

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    Abstract

    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 = 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 = 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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)403-409
    Number of pages7
    JournalEuropean Eating Disorders Review
    Volume15
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007

    Keywords

    • Eating disorders
    • EDE
    • EDE-Q
    • Purging

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