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Eating Pathology Symptoms Inventory (EPSI)

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The Eating Pathology Symptoms Inventory (EPSI) is a 45-item self-report measure that is designed to assess the psychopathology of eating disorders. The EPSI contains eight scales that assess: body dissatisfaction (dissatisfaction with body weight and/or shape), binge eating (ingestion of large amounts of food and accompanying cognitive symptoms), cognitive restraint (cognitive efforts to limit or avoid eating, whether or not such attempts are successful), purging (self-induced vomiting, laxative use, diuretic use, and diet pill use), excessive exercise (physical exercise that is intense and/or compulsive), restricting (concrete efforts to avoid or reduce food consumption), muscle building (desire for increased muscularity and muscle building supplement use), and negative attitudes toward obesity (negative attitudes toward individuals who are overweight or obese).

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  • Forbush, K.T., Wildes, J.E., Pollack, L.O., Dunbar, D., Luo, J., Patterson, K., … Watson, D. (2013). Development and validation of the Eating Pathology Symptoms Inventory (EPSI). Psychological Assessment, 25, 859–878.

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  • Forbush, K. T., Wildes, J. E., & Hunt, T. K. (2014). Gender norms, psychometric properties, and validity for the Eating Pathology Symptoms Inventory. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 47, 85–91.

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  • Forbush, K. T., Hilderbrand, L., & Bohrer, B. K. (under review). Test-retest reliability of common measures of eating disorder symptoms in men versus women.

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  • Tang, X., Forbush, K. T., & Liu, P. (2015). Development and validation of a Chinese-language version of the Eating Pathology Symptoms Inventory (C-EPSI). International Journal of Eating Disorders, 48, 1016–1023.

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Forbush, K.T. (2015). Eating Pathology Symptoms Inventory (EPSI). In: Wade, T. (eds) Encyclopedia of Feeding and Eating Disorders. Springer, Singapore.

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