Development and preliminary validation of a Finnish version of the Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire (EDE-Q)

Rasmus Isomaa, IL Lukkarila, T Ollila, H Nenonen, P Charpentier, S Sinikallio, L Karhunen

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Background: Eating behaviour can be viewed as a continuum, ranging from extremely restrictive to extremely disinhibited eating. Valid and reliable instruments are needed to ensure detection of individuals with risk for eating disorders (ED). Self-report methods are the most feasible, cost, and time efficient. One of the most widely used self-reports is the Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire (EDE-Q).Aim: The aim of this study was to develop a Finnish version of the EDE-Q version 6.0 and to assess its psychometric properties in adolescents, adults, and ED patients.Methods: The present study utilized data from three different samples: adolescents (n=242), adults (n=133), and ED patients (n=52). The patient group comprised different EDs, but individual ED diagnoses were not studied separately. Data was collected January 2014 through June 2015.Results: The Finnish version of the EDE-Q showed acceptable-to-excellent internal consistency on all sub-scales in all three samples and discriminated patients from healthy individuals. Female participants generally scored higher than male and sex differences were more pronounced among the younger age group.Conclusions: The Finnish version of the EDE-Q can, based on this study, be regarded as reliable, valid, and functional. Further studies are needed to evaluate the population norms and to test the validity in individual ED diagnoses.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)542–546
Number of pages5
JournalNordic Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Eating disorder
  • EDE-Q

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