The branched eating disorders test: validity in a nonclinical population

Int J Eat Disord. 1996 Jul;20(1):57-64. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1098-108X(199607)20:1<57::AID-EAT7>3.0.CO;2-3.


Objective: To develop an effective measure of the symptoms of eating disorders for use in community surveys.

Method: A branched eating disorders instrument for administration by notebook computer was evaluated as a screen in 487 teenage schoolgirls. High scorers and a stratified sample of low scorers were evaluated in a second-stage interview with the Eating Disorders Examination (EDE).

Results: The Branched Eating Disorders Test (BET) proved to have exceptional validity coefficients (sensitivity 100%, specificity 99%, positive predictive value 70%).

Discussion: This pilot validation suggests that the BET largely overcomes the problems of earlier instruments of limited screening utility when applied to community samples.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Anorexia Nervosa / diagnosis
  • Anorexia Nervosa / epidemiology*
  • Anorexia Nervosa / psychology
  • Bulimia / diagnosis
  • Bulimia / epidemiology*
  • Bulimia / psychology
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Mass Screening*
  • Microcomputers
  • Personality Inventory / statistics & numerical data*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Psychometrics
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Students / psychology
  • Students / statistics & numerical data
  • Victoria / epidemiology