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Psychometric Quality of the Dutch Version of the Children's Eating Attitude Test in a Community Sample and a Sample of Overweight Youngsters

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Lotte Theuwis ,

Department Developmental Personality and Social Psychology, Ghent University, BE
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Ellen Moens,

Department Developmental Personality and Social Psychology, Ghent University, BE
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Caroline Braet

Department Developmental Personality and Social Psychology, Ghent University, BE
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Abstract

Introduction. Disturbed eating attitudes may be important precursors of pathological eating patterns and, therefore need to be researched adequately. The Children's Eating Attitude Test (ChEAT) is indicated for detecting at-risk attitudes and concerns in youngsters.

Method. The present study was designed to provide a preliminary psychometric evaluation of the Dutch version of the ChEAT, by examining reliability and validity in a sample of 166 youngsters.

Results. Generally the ChEAT seems to be a reliable instrument. Concurrent validity was demonstrated by positive correlations with measures assessing pathological eating behaviour and with related psychological problems. The discriminant validity was good. Based on ChEAT scores we can distinguish overweight youngsters from the community sample and “dieters” from “non dieters”. Divergent validity and factor structure show still shortcomings.

Discussion. The Dutch version of the ChEAT seems to be a promising screening- and research instrument. Future prospective research could focus on a cut-off score for identifying at-risk youngsters.
How to Cite: Theuwis, L., Moens, E. & Braet, C., (2010). Psychometric Quality of the Dutch Version of the Children's Eating Attitude Test in a Community Sample and a Sample of Overweight Youngsters. Psychologica Belgica. 49(4), pp.311–330. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/pb-49-4-311
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Published on 01 Dec 2010.
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