The Eating Disorder Examination as a retrospective interview

  • C. Ravaldi
  • A. Vannacci
  • E. Truglia
  • T. Zucchi
  • E. Mannucci
  • C. M. Rotella
  • C. Faravelli
  • V. Ricca
Brief Report

DOI: 10.1007/BF03325072

Cite this article as:
Ravaldi, C., Vannacci, A., Truglia, E. et al. Eat Weight Disord (2004) 9: 228. doi:10.1007/BF03325072

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the validity of the Eating Disorder Examination 12.0D (EDE) when administered retrospectively. Methods. Twenty-five female patients suffering from an eating disorder [(10 with anorexia nervosa (AN), 10 with bulimia nervosa (BN), 5 with eating disorders not otherwise specified (EDNOS)] were investigated using the EDE at the time of the first referral to our outpatient ward (T1). Afterwards (mean 1.4±0.6 years later) each patient was administered again the EDE by the same assessor (T2). At this time the interviewer asked the patients to answer the questions referring to the symptoms and behaviours at the time of the first interview. Results. Test-retest correlation factors were 0.7 or greater for all subscales of the EDE (p<0.0001) and 0.5 or greater for every single item of the EDE (p<0.001), except for EDE 1.5 (snack after dinner) and EDE 9A.6 (maximum time free from objective bulimic episodes in the last two months). Discussion. Our results provide evidence that the EDE 12.0D is a reliable interview even when administered retrospectively, suggesting the use of this instrument for the retrospective assessment of eating disorders.

Key words

Eating Disorder Examination reliability retrospective administration eating disorders 

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© Editrice Kurtis 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Ravaldi
    • 1
  • A. Vannacci
    • 2
  • E. Truglia
    • 1
  • T. Zucchi
    • 1
  • E. Mannucci
    • 3
  • C. M. Rotella
    • 3
  • C. Faravelli
    • 1
  • V. Ricca
    • 1
  1. 1.Psychiatry Unit, Department of Neurological and Psychiatric SciencesAzienda Ospedaliera Careggi, U.O. Psichiatria UniversitariaFlorenceItaly
  2. 2.Medical Toxicology UnitFlorence University School of MedicineFlorenceItaly
  3. 3.Section of Metabolic Disease and Diabetology, Endocrinology UnitFlorence University School of MedicineFlorenceItaly

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