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

Mond, J.M., Hay, P.J., Rodgers, B., and Owen, C. (2007) Self-report versus interview assessment of purging in a community sample of women. European Eating Disorders Review, 15 (6). pp. 403-409.

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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.

Item ID: 2633
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: eating disorders; purging; EDE; EDE-Q
ISSN: 1099-0968
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2009 05:43
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110319 Psychiatry (incl Psychotherapy) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 100%
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