The branched eating disorders test: Validity in a nonclinical population

Rob Selzer, Cheryl Hamill, Glenn Bowes, George Patton

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Objective: To develop an effective measure of the symptoms of eating disorders for use in community surveys. Method: A branched eating disorders instrument for administration by notebook computer was evaluated as a screen in 487 teenage schoolgirls. High scorers and a stratified sample of low scorers were evaluated in a second-stage interview with the Eating Disorders Examination (EDE). Results: The Branched Eating Disorders Test (BET) proved to have exceptional validity coefficients (sensitivity 100%, specificity 99%, positive predictive value 70%). Discussion: This pilot validation suggests that the BET largely overcomes the problems of earlier instruments of limited screening utility when applied to community samples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-64
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1996
Externally publishedYes

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