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VALIDATION OF THE DUTCH EATING BEHAVIOR QUESTIONNAIRE FOR CHILDREN (DEBQ-C) FOR USE WITH SPANISH CHILDREN
 R. M. Baños, A. Cebolla, E. Etchemendy, S. Felipe, P. Rasal Y C. Botella
Nutr Hop. 2011;26(4):890-898    doi:10.3305/nh.2011.26.4.5238
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Abstract
Introduction: The Dutch Eating Behaviour Questionnaire for children was developed by Van Strien and Oosterveld (2008) to measure three different eating behaviors (emotional eating, restrained eating and external eating); it is an adaptation of the DEBQ for adults. Objective: The purpose of this study is to analyze the psychometric properties of the Dutch Eating Behavior Questionnaire for Children (DEBQ-C) with a Spanish sample. Method: The DEBQ-C was administered to 473 children (240 boys and 233 girls), from 10 to 14 years old. The sample included a Clinical Overweight Group (COG; n=81) comprising children who were receiving weight loss treatments, a Non Clinical Overweight Group (NCOG, n=31) comprising children who were overweight but not in treatment, and a Normal Weight Group (NWG, n=280). Results: Results showed that the DEBQ-C had acceptable internal consistency (=.70). Temporal stability was good for “External Eating” and “Restrained Eating” scales. Confirmatory factor analysis showed that the three-factor solution had good fit indices. Furthermore, the clinical overweight participants scored significantly higher on “External Eating” and “Restrained Eating” compared to the normal weight children. Conclusion: The DEBQ-C proved to be an effective instrument for researching children’s eating behaviors.
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