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The German version of the Anorectic Behavior Observation Scale (ABOS)

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Salbach-Andrae, Harriet; Klinkowski, Nora; Holzhausen, Martin; Frieler, Katja; Bohnekamp, Inga; Thiels, Cornelia; Bender, Caroline; Vandereycken, Walter

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Abstract Objective: To assess the performance of the German version of the Anorectic Behavior Observation Scale (ABOS) as a parent-report screening instrument for eating disorders (ED) in their children. Methods: Parents of 101 ED female patients (80 with Anorexia Nervosa; 21 with Bulimia Nervosa) and of 121 age- and socioeconomic status (SES)-matched female controls completed the ABOS. Results: Confirmatory factor analysis supported the original three-factor structure model of the ABOS. Cronbach’s alpha coefficients indicated good internal consistency for the three factors and the total score in the total sample. The best cut-off point (100% sensitivity and specificity) in the German version was ≥23. Conclusion: The ABOS may be a useful additional instrument for assessing ED.
Classification Psychological Testing, Psychological Counseling, Psychological Methodology; Psychological Disorders, Mental Health Treatment and Prevention
Free Keywords anorexia nervosa; bulimia nervosa; questionnaire; confirmatory factor analysis
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 321-325
Journal European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 18 (2009) 5
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00787-008-0732-6
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)