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Adolescent-Adult Discrepancies on the Eating Disorder Examination: A Function of Developmental Stage Or Severity of Illness?: Volume 44, Issue 6

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This article exams, across studies, the observation that adolescents score lower on measures of eating disorder pathology than adults. It has been unclear whether such findings reflect discrepancies inherent to site/study or true developmental differences. The aim of this study was to determine whether age predicts subscale and diagnostic scores of the Eating Disorder Examination (EDE) in adolescents and adults with anorexia nervosa (AN) admitted to a single research center within the same period of time.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Adolescent-Adult Discrepancies on the Eating Disorder Examination: A Function of Developmental Stage Or Severity of Illness?: Volume 44, Issue 6 created by Katharine L. Loeb, PhD, Jennifer Jones, PhD, Christina A. Roberto, MS, S. Sonia Gugga, MS, Sue M. Marcus, PhD, Evelyn Attia, MD, and B. Timothy Walsh, MD


Wiley Interscience Journal, International Journal of Eating Disorders

Publication Date:

September 2011

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Katharine L. Loeb, PhD
Jennifer Jones, PhD
Christina A. Roberto, MS
S. Sonia Gugga, MS
Sue M. Marcus, PhD
Evelyn Attia, MD
B. Timothy Walsh, MD

Course Creator

Dan Rebek, Ph.D.

Recommended For:

This article is recommended for social workers, psychologists, and other mental health professionals who seek knowledge about the assessment of eating disorder symptoms and the increasing severity of such symptoms across the age spectrum.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify four theoretical explanations for adolescent-adult discrepancies on Eating Disorder Examination scores observed across studies.
  2. Describe how taking into account markers of illness severity (percent ideal body weight, duration of illness, anorexia nervosa subtype, global functioning, and depression) affects the association between age and Eating Disorder Examination scores in a sample of adolescents and adults with anorexia nervosa.
  3. Explain reasons for a greater discrepancy between anorexia nervosa diagnosis obtained via general clinical interview versus the Eating Disorder Examination among adolescents compared to adults.

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