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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(More)
Research on the epidemiology of bulimia nervosa has focused largely on the prevalence of the disorder. As methods have improved, consensus has increased regarding the prevalence rate among adolescent and young adult women--about 1%. However, the accuracy of this figure and its clinical significance must be questioned. In this synthesis of the(More)
The aim of this study was to develop and evaluate an instrument to detect the various forms of clinical eating disorder that exist among young women in the community. A subsidiary aim was to test an alternative instrument based directly on the DSM-III-R criteria for eating disorders. Participants were 285 young adult women listed in the case registers of(More)
Systematic examination of the use of the word "binge" by 243 young women revealed discrepancies between the lay and technical uses of the term; the young women placed great emphasis on loss of control and less on the quantity eaten. These discrepancies indicate that the term "binge" should be clearly defined in clinical practice.
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