Correlation Between the EAT-26 and the EAT-40, the Eating Disorders Inventory, and the Restrained Eating Inventory

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The 40‐item Eating Attitudes Jest, the 26‐item Eating Attitudes Test, the Restrained Eating Inventory (El), and the Eating Disorders Inventory (EDI) were given to 81 women who were participating in an eating disorders study. The EAT‐26 totals and the scores of the three factors were intercorrelated. The scores of the EAT‐26 were also correlated with the scores of the EAT‐40, and El, and the EDI. The EAT‐26 correlated significantly with all three of its factors as well as with the EAT‐40. These results suggest that the EAT‐26 is a reliable and economical substitute for the EAT‐40. The EAT‐26 correlates highly with the eight subscales of the EDI and with the El, suggesting concurrent validity.

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International Journal of Eating Disorders, v. 5, issue 3, p. 569-574