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Title: Screening Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) in Children: Outcomes from utilitarian versus specialist psychometrics.
Authors: Dovey, T
Aldridge, V
Martin, CI
Wilken, M
Meyer, C
Keywords: Childhood;Clinical;Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Eating Behaviors, 23: pp. 162–167, (2016)
Abstract: This study assessed the specificity and sensitivity of two commonly used psychometric methods to assess ARFID in children. To achieve this, a sample of 329 mothers and one father completed the Behavioral Pediatrics Feeding Assessment Scale (BPFAS) and the Child Food Neophobia Scale (CFNS). A Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) analysis indicated that both measures were able to successfully differentiate a known clinical sample from those of typically developing population. Although the BPFAS was more accurate at differentiating ARFID from the general population, the CFNS was acceptable and on some metrics better than its longer counterpart. The ability of a food neophobia scale to differentiate clinical and population samples, and detect gradation of food avoidance within the population sample, suggests that the multitude of psychometric measures available may be measuring similar constructs. Therefore, confidence can be expected in cross-site comparisons despite each using different psychometric measures of food avoidance in children.
ISSN: 1873-7358
Appears in Collections:Dept of Life Sciences Research Papers

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