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Observer- and self-rated alexithymia in eating disorder patients: levels and correspondence among three measures.
J Psychosom Res. 2007 Mar; 62(3):341-7.JP

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

Our objectives were to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Observer Alexithymia Scale (OAS) in eating disorder patients, alexithymia severity across diagnostic subgroups, and correspondence among three alexithymia measures.

METHOD

Seventy-five women, each with an eating disorder diagnosis, completed two alexithymia self-reports, the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20) and the Bermond-Vorst Alexithymia Questionnaire-version B (BVAQ-B), and asked a relative or an acquaintance to rate them using the OAS.

RESULTS

The OAS showed acceptable discriminant validity and interrater reliability. Patients' OAS scores were higher than scores reported for people-in-general samples and lower than those for outpatient clinical samples. No statistically significant OAS, TAS-20, and BVAQ-B score differences were found between the patients with anorexia nervosa restrictive type and those with bulimia nervosa. OAS, TAS-20, and BVAQ-B total scores were moderately, positively, and significantly correlated.

CONCLUSION

These clinical data show the psychometric strength of the OAS, which reasonably can be recommended for use with the TAS-20 in research and clinical practice.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychiatry for Adolescents and Young Adults, IMM, Paris, France; Univesity Paris V, Paris, France. sylvie.berthoz@imm.frNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17324685

Citation

Berthoz, Sylvie, et al. "Observer- and Self-rated Alexithymia in Eating Disorder Patients: Levels and Correspondence Among Three Measures." Journal of Psychosomatic Research, vol. 62, no. 3, 2007, pp. 341-7.
Berthoz S, Perdereau F, Godart N, et al. Observer- and self-rated alexithymia in eating disorder patients: levels and correspondence among three measures. J Psychosom Res. 2007;62(3):341-7.
Berthoz, S., Perdereau, F., Godart, N., Corcos, M., & Haviland, M. G. (2007). Observer- and self-rated alexithymia in eating disorder patients: levels and correspondence among three measures. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 62(3), 341-7.
Berthoz S, et al. Observer- and Self-rated Alexithymia in Eating Disorder Patients: Levels and Correspondence Among Three Measures. J Psychosom Res. 2007;62(3):341-7. PubMed PMID: 17324685.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Observer- and self-rated alexithymia in eating disorder patients: levels and correspondence among three measures. AU - Berthoz,Sylvie, AU - Perdereau,Fabienne, AU - Godart,Nathalie, AU - Corcos,Maurice, AU - Haviland,Mark G, PY - 2006/02/07/received PY - 2006/10/05/revised PY - 2006/10/05/accepted PY - 2007/2/28/pubmed PY - 2007/5/31/medline PY - 2007/2/28/entrez SP - 341 EP - 7 JF - Journal of psychosomatic research JO - J Psychosom Res VL - 62 IS - 3 N2 - OBJECTIVES: Our objectives were to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Observer Alexithymia Scale (OAS) in eating disorder patients, alexithymia severity across diagnostic subgroups, and correspondence among three alexithymia measures. METHOD: Seventy-five women, each with an eating disorder diagnosis, completed two alexithymia self-reports, the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20) and the Bermond-Vorst Alexithymia Questionnaire-version B (BVAQ-B), and asked a relative or an acquaintance to rate them using the OAS. RESULTS: The OAS showed acceptable discriminant validity and interrater reliability. Patients' OAS scores were higher than scores reported for people-in-general samples and lower than those for outpatient clinical samples. No statistically significant OAS, TAS-20, and BVAQ-B score differences were found between the patients with anorexia nervosa restrictive type and those with bulimia nervosa. OAS, TAS-20, and BVAQ-B total scores were moderately, positively, and significantly correlated. CONCLUSION: These clinical data show the psychometric strength of the OAS, which reasonably can be recommended for use with the TAS-20 in research and clinical practice. SN - 0022-3999 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17324685/Observer__and_self_rated_alexithymia_in_eating_disorder_patients:_levels_and_correspondence_among_three_measures_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0022-3999(06)00460-0 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -