Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University

Advisor

Armstrong, J. Kevin

Committee Member

Eakin, K. Deborah

Committee Member

Jacquin, M. Kristine

Date of Degree

8-1-2008

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

Clinical Psychology

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Department of Psychology

Abstract

Diagnostic practices utilized in studies of participants with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge-Eating Disorder were investigated. A reliable coding system was used by two reviewers to analyze the diagnostic documentation practices in articles from the top-thirty most cited articles for each diagnostic category. Interrater agreements were all above .95. Results showed that many important diagnostic practices and criteria are either not being employed or not being documented. Uniform reporting procedures are necessary to help readers know how each article’s sampling procedure and subject pool differs from other samples used in the literature. Researchers reported the most details about sample characteristics with the recently proposed Binge-Eating Disorder category. Discussion focuses on identifying the specific diagnostic and sampling procedures deserving better documentation in the eating disorder literatures.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/15460

Comments

anorexia nervosa||bulimia nervosa||binge-eating disorder||diagnostic methods

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