Assessment of Eating Disorders

Assessment of Eating Disorders

Assessment of Eating Disorders

Assessment of Eating Disorders


Concise and practical yet comprehensive, this unique book provides a clear framework and a range of up-to-date tools for assessing patients with eating disorders. Leading clinicians and researchers describe the nuts and bolts of using diagnostic interviews, standardized databases, structured instruments, self-report and family-based measures, medical and nutritional assessment, ecological momentary assessment, and strategies for evaluating body image disturbance. Throughout, procedural guidelines are illustrated with concrete examples and sample forms. The book concludes with an integrative discussion of how to use assessment results in evidence-based treatment planning.


When we initially developed this project, it was clear to us that assessment of eating disorders is an important topic that has not been adequately addressed. Eating disorder symptoms are often quite complex and require a variety of forms of assessment, some of which are atypical for most patients with emotional problems. Therefore, we thought that a text devoted to this topic that offered a thorough discussion of various aspects of assessment as well as techniques would provide clinicians and researchers alike with a work of practical importance. While much of what is included in this text is evidence based, we have attempted to present this information in such a way that it will be helpful for researchers, students, and practicing clinicians.

The first two chapters of this book include diagnostic and classification issues. B. Timothy Walsh (Chapter 1, with Dana A. Satir) chaired the DSM-IV workgroup on eating disorders and has been a leader in the field on the topic of diagnostic issues as the criteria have evolved. Chapter 2, by Kathryn H. Gordon, Jill M. Denoma, and Thomas E. Joiner, Jr., focuses more on issues of scientific validity.

Chapter 3, by Carol B. Peterson, describes in depth the process of diagnostic interviewing. The diagnostic interview of a patient with an eating disorder requires a thorough assessment of many factors that are not typically included in a standard psychiatric interview. In Chapter 4, James E. Mitchell focuses on providing a database that can be used by clinicians as a way of obtaining additional information about patients.

Chapter 5, by Carlos M. Grilo, and Chapter 6, by Carol B. Peterson and James E. Mitchell, discuss structured, semistructured, and self-report measures. Although the use of these instruments has usually been re-

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