Response of Pakistani Sample to Eat and Body Shape Questionnaire: An Exploratory Study
14 Jul, 1998
17 Nov, 1999
31 Dec, 1999
Research indicate that eating disorders can not only be life threatening for the one afflicted but also cause of great distress for the family as a whole. Unfortunately, not many instruments to identify high risk population for the disorder are at present available in our Culture. This research is an exploratory attempt to modify and adopt already developed scales. i.e., Eating Attitude Test (EAT) and Body Shape Questionnaire (BSQ). known for their reliability to clinically identify eating disorders in Western culture. English version questionnaires were administered to 61 girl students aged 11 to 16 years, with good English reading ability studying at Federal Government Model School. Split-half reliability for original 36 item questionnaire was 0.87, with alpha value 0.94, indicating high internal consistency. It is thus recommended that original BSQ can be used for clinical purposes in Pakistan for similar population. Alpha value for original 26 item EAT was 0.64, which came up to 0.73 when items 13, 17, 18, 19, and 52 were deleted. Split-half reliability for 21 item EAT was 0.68. It is therefore recommended that 21 item may be more useful for diagnostic purposes in Pakistan.
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