Psychological Assessment of Eating Disorders

  • Wayne A. Bowers
  • Alissa A. Haedt-Matt


Eating disorders are complex syndromes that present with a variety of behaviors, attitudes, and emotions. Thus, assessment of eating disorders requires a variety of tools to adequately capture various features of disorder symptomatology. This chapter focuses on three aspects of psychological assessment: (1) eating pathology, (2) personality, and (3) comorbid psychopathology. Recommendations for the assessment of eating pathology include the Eating Attitudes Test as a brief screening measure, the Eating Disorders Inventory as a more comprehensive measure of eating and other clinically relevant variables, and the Eating Disorders Examination to establish specific diagnoses. Recommendations for the assessment of personality include trait (NEO-PI-R) and state (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory) based measures. Finally, recommendations for the assessment of comorbid psychopathology include the Beck Depression Inventory as a self-report measure and the Hamilton Depression Scale as an interview-based measure of depression. The psychometric properties of each measure are discussed. Taken together, these measures can be used in research and clinical settings to assess symptom severity, aid in treatment planning, and to evaluate treatment outcome.


Anorexia Nervosa Eating Disorder Beck Depression Inventory Body Dissatisfaction Bulimia Nervosa 
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Anorexia Nervosa


American Psychiatric Association


Binge Eating Disorder


Beck Depression Inventory


Bulimia Nervosa


Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders


Eating Attitudes Test


Eating Disorders Examination


Eating Disorders Examination Questionnaire


Eating Disorders Inventory


Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified


Hamilton Depression Scale


Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA

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