Assessing eating disorder thoughts and behaviors: The development and preliminary evaluation of two questionnaires
Cooper MJ., Todd G., Woolrich R., Somerville K., Wells A.
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.