Title

Psychometric Properties of the Body Checking Questionnaire in College Women

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-25-2014

Publication Title

Body Image

Volume

13

First page number:

46

Last page number:

52

Abstract

While the Body Checking Questionnaire (BCQ; Reas et al., 2002) is the most commonly-used measure of body checking behaviors, findings on the factor structure in nonclinical samples are mixed. This study investigated the factor structure and psychometric properties of the BCQ among nonclinical college women. In Study 1 (n = 326), an exploratory factor analysis indicated factors corresponding to (a) behavioral and (b) visual checking. In Study 2 (n = 1013), a confirmatory factor analysis revealed adequate fit for these factors, better than the original or total score solutions. Scales based upon the two factors demonstrated good internal consistency, convergent validity with measures of eating pathology, and sensitivity for detecting at-risk eating pathology. Results suggest an alternate two-factor solution that differs from the original three-factor solution.

Keywords

Body Checking Questionnaire; Body checking; Factor analysis; sychometric properties

Disciplines

Psychology

Language

English

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