The Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire: reliability and validity of the Italian version

Eat Weight Disord. 2017 Sep;22(3):509-514. doi: 10.1007/s40519-016-0276-6. Epub 2016 Apr 2.


Purpose: To examine the validity and reliability of a new Italian language version of the latest edition of the Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire (EDE-Q 6.0).

Methods: The sixth edition of the EDE-Q was translated into Italian and administered to 264 Italian-speaking inpatient and outpatient (257 females in their mid-20s) with eating disorder (75.4% anorexia nervosa) and 216 controls (205 females).

Results: Internal consistency was high for both the global EDE-Q and all subscale scores. Test-retest reliability was good to excellent (0.66-0.83) for global and subscale scores, and for items assessing key behavioral features of eating disorders (0.55-0.91). Patients with an eating disorder displayed significantly higher EDE-Q scores than controls, demonstrating the good criterion validity of the tool. Confirmatory factor analysis revealed a good fit for a modified seven-item three-factor structure.

Conclusions: The study showed the good psychometric properties of the new Italian version of the EDE-Q 6.0, and validated its use in Italian eating disorder patients, particularly in young females with anorexia nervosa.

Keywords: Eating disorder; Italian translation; Psychometric characteristics; Questionnaire; Reliability; Validity.

Publication types

  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Italy
  • Psychometrics
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*
  • Translations
  • Young Adult