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[Hungarian adaptation of a short eating disorder questionnaire (SCOFF)]

DUKAY-SZABÓ Szilvia1, SIMON Dávid2, VARGA Márta3, SZABÓ Pál4, TÚRY Ferenc3, RATHNER Günther5

MARCH 30, 2016

Clinical Neuroscience - 2016;69(03-04)


[Aim - Eating disorders are becoming an increasingly relevant health issue, therefore the fast and accurate screening of people at risk is of great practical importance. The aim of SCOFF questionnaire is to assess this risk and the extent to which a person is affected, by using five simple yes or no questions. The objective of our study was to assess the validity of the Hungarian version of the test Methods - 777 medical students (210 men, 567 women, mean age 22.3±2.33 years) participated in the survey. The online questionnaire contained anthropometric data, the Eating Behaviour Severity Scale and, beside the SCOFF, the Eating Disorder Inventory (EDI). Results - The SCOFF is excellent at screening clinical eating disorders. Its sensitivity was 100% and specificity 85.1%. It is less efficient at detecting subclinical cases, but it does not show worse results than EDI. According to the data SCOFF is better at identifying more serious cases. Applying on the same sample SCOFF had higher sensitivity and lower specificity than EDI. Discussion - SCOFF is suitable for primary screening of eating disorders with a non-diagnostic purpose, taken two “yes” answers out of five as the critical margin, specified by the authors.]


  1. Semmelweis Egyetem, Magatartástudományi Intézet, Mentális Egészségtudományok Doktori Iskola, Budapest
  2. Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem, Társadalomtudományi Kar, Empirikus Tanulmányok Intézete, Statisztika Tanszék, Budapest
  3. Semmelweis Egyetem, Magatartástudományi Intézet, Budapest
  4. Debreceni Egyetem, Pszichológiai Intézet, Debrecen
  5. Medizinische Universität Innsbruck, Univ. Klinik für Medizinische Psychologie & Psychotherapie, Innsbruck



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