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Validation of the SCOFF questionnaire for eating disorders in a multiethnic general population sample.

Solmi, F; Hatch, SL; Hotopf, M; Treasure, J; Micali, N; (2014) Validation of the SCOFF questionnaire for eating disorders in a multiethnic general population sample. Int J Eat Disord , 48 (3) pp. 312-316. 10.1002/eat.22373. Green open access

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Abstract

Introduction This study aimed to validate the SCOFF, an eating disorders (ED) screening questionnaire, in a multiethnic general population sample of adults. Method A two-stage design was employed using the South East London Community Health Study phases I and II data. A total of 1,669 participants were screened using the SCOFF in SELCoHI, and 145 were administrated an ED clinical interview in SELCoHII. We explored the diagnostic validity of the questionnaire restricting to the 145 individuals with the clinical questionnaire. Results Sensitivity and specificity of the SCOFF were 53.7 and 93.5%, respectively. Conclusion The SCOFF showed good levels of specificity but low sensitivity, resulting in a high percentage of false negatives. Given the low sensitivity found in our sample the SCOFF is likely to be a suboptimal measure for the identification of ED in the community

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Title: Validation of the SCOFF questionnaire for eating disorders in a multiethnic general population sample.
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/eat.22373
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/eat.22373
Additional information: © 2014 The Authors International Journal of Eating Disorders Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
Keywords: SCOFF, diagnostic validity, eating disorders
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > Population, Policy and Practice Dept
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1458297
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