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Nutrición Hospitalaria

On-line version ISSN 1699-5198Print version ISSN 0212-1611


BANOS, R. M. et al. Validation of the Dutch eating behavior questionnaire for children (DEBQ-C) for use with Spanish children. Nutr. Hosp. [online]. 2011, vol.26, n.4, pp.890-898. ISSN 1699-5198.

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 (a = 0.70). 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.

Keywords : Obesity; Psychometrics; Eating disorders; Child behavior; Feeding behavior.

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