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Eating Attidude Test-26 Items — EAT 26

Instrument description
View/download instrument: Eating Attidude Test-26 Items — EAT 26 (Italian)
Scoring and interpretation information (English)
Author/Developer / Address:

Garner, D.M., Olmsted, M.P., Bohr, Y. and Garfinkel, P.E.

David M. Garner
Department of Psychiatry
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Ml 48824

Publication dates: 1982
Description / Type of assessment: Self-reported questionnaire, composed of 26 items formulated as statements. The compiler has to choose one of the 6 answers of the semantic differential. Those that obtain a score greater than or equal to 20 are suggested to have a specialist counseling to formulate the diagnosis.
Primary use / Purpose: A screening instrument to identify in advance people with possible eating disorders (utilised in 1998 by the Clinton Government for the National Eating Disorders Screening Program). Inadequate by itself to provide a diagnosis.
Domains measured / Life Areas / Problems Assessed: The test consists of 3 subscale:
Diet Scale (DS): attention to calories ingested and burned doing physical exercise, desire to be thin, sense of guilt after eating;
Bulimia Factor (BF): scale of bulimia and concern about food;
Oral Control (OC): items describing food intake mode and its control.
Population: Adolescents and young adult
Administration / Completion time: About 10 minutes
Scoring procedures: See attached document "EAT-26 Scoring and Interpretation" (English version).
Scoring time: 3-5 minutes
Credentials/Training: No particular training is necessary to administrate the test
Source of psychometrics: -
Languages: The Italian version of the test has been validated by A. Dotti e R. Lazzari in 1982.
Price: The test is available on the web with the scoring system. For more information or permission to use the test for surveys, contact the author (see address above)
Practicability / usefulness: Useful screening tool to assess "eating disorder risk" in high school, college and other special risk samples such as athletes. The EAT-26 can be used for large population surveys. The Institute of Clinical Physiology-Department of Epidemiology-Italian National Research Council-Pisa, used the score obtained in a sample of 35.000 students of Italian high school, ESPAD®Italia 2006, to investigate the possible relation between the consumption of psychotropic substances and eating risk behaviors.
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Eating Attidude Test-26 Items - EAT 26
EAT 26
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