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A pilot study of a new assessment of physical activity in eating disorder patients.
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PMID:  22751276     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND/AIM: In order to get more detailed information about exercise regimes and disturbances among patients with eating disorders, a new self report questionnaire was developed. The Exercise and Eating Disorders (EED) was developed to capture aspects not included in existing questionnaires. The aim of this study was to test the internal consistency and concurrent validity of the EED, and to investigate to what extent the questionnaire discriminates between inpatients and controls.
METHOD: Fifty female eating disorder patients (anorexia nervosa n=25, bulimia nervosa n=10, EDNOS n=15) in a specialized inpatient unit and 51 female age-matched student controls were assessed with the EED and the Body Attitude Test (BAT).
RESULTS: The results indicate satisfactory internal consistency (Cronbach's Alpha 0.92) of the sum score of the whole sample. The validity of the EED was supported by the correlation analysis between EED and Body Attitude Test (BAT) (Spearman's rho=0.84, p<0.01). There was a significant statistical difference between patients and controls in total score and subscales of the EED (p<0.001).
CONCLUSION: The preliminary test of the EED questionnaire was promising. It is a short instrument, and seems to distinguish well between patients and controls. EED captures other dimensions of physical activity and exercise disturbances not captured in other questionnaires related to exercise. Further research is needed to test the psychometric properties of EED in bigger samples.
M Danielsen; G H Bratberg; O Rø
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Eating and weight disorders : EWD     Volume:  17     ISSN:  1590-1262     ISO Abbreviation:  Eat Weight Disord     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-07-03     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9707113     Medline TA:  Eat Weight Disord     Country:  Italy    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e70-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Specialised Unit for Eating Disorder Patients, Department of Psychiatry, Levanger Hospital, Health Trust Nord-Trøndelag, 7600 Levanger, Norway.
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