The Minnesota Eating Behavior Survey: A brief measure of disordered eating attitudes and behaviors

Kristin M. von Ranson, Kelly L. Klump, William G. Iacono, Matt McGue

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Abstract

This article describes details of the development and psychometric characteristics of a brief self-report inventory for assessing attitudes and behaviors symptomatic of eating disorders that is currently in use in a longitudinal study of over 700 families with 11-year-old or 17-year-old twin girls. The Minnesota Eating Behavior Survey (MEBS), formerly the Minnesota Eating Disorder Inventory, is a 30-item measure developed for use with children as young as 10 years as well as adults. An examination of the MEBS's psychometric properties in a large, community sample of girls, women, and men demonstrated good factor congruence, internal consistency reliability, three-year stability, as well as evidence of concurrent and criterion validity. This questionnaire has promise as a screening and assessment measure for eating disturbance in cross-sectional and longitudinal research involving individuals of a wide range of ages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-392
Number of pages20
JournalEating Behaviors
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005

Keywords

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia
  • Questionnaires
  • Symptoms
  • Test construction
  • Test validity

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