Enhancing the clinical utility of the MMPI-3 eating concerns scale

WCU Author/Contributor (non-WCU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Terran Michelle Saine (Creator)
Western Carolina University (WCU )
Web Site: http://library.wcu.edu/
David McCord

Abstract: Maladaptive eating behaviors are prevalent and are typically associated with significant impairment in functioning. The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) is a commonly administered psychological assessment of personality and psychopathology. A new version, the MMPI-3, features a new Eating Concerns (EAT) scale that aims to assess problematic eating behaviors. The current study seeks to replicate correlates reported from the college validation sample during EAT scale development and explore external correlates of this new scale in a college student sample. Results indicated that the EAT scale is associated with symptom dimensions of eating pathology including binging, vomiting, restricting, and concerns about weight and shape. Additionally, the EAT scale demonstrates associations with constructs of suicide risk in our sample. The results of this study identified personality, psychopathology, and suicide risk constructs relevant to maladaptive eating behaviors in a college student sample. Future directions and implications are discussed.

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Language: English
Date: 2021
Disordered Eating, EAT Scale, Maladaptive Eating Behaviors, MMPI-3, Personality Traits, Suicide Risk
Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory
Eating disorders

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