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Eating Disorder Inventory™–3

David M. Garner, PhD

Provides a standardized clinical evaluation of symptomatology associated with eating disorders
Paper and pencil, Online administration and scoring via PARiConnect, Software
Age range:
13 years to 53 years
20 minutes to administer; 20 minutes to score
Qualification level:
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

A revision of one of the most widely used self-report measures of constructs shown to be clinically relevant in individuals with eating disorders, the EDI-3 includes enhancements that make the instrument more consistent with the psychological domains identified by modern theories to be most relevant.

Features and benefits

  • The EDI-3 consists of 91 items organized into 12 primary scales: Drive for Thinness, Bulimia, Body Dissatisfaction, Low Self-Esteem, Personal Alienation, Interpersonal Insecurity, Interpersonal Alienation, Interoceptive Deficits, Emotional Dysregulation, Perfectionism, Asceticism, and Maturity Fears.
  • Yields six composites: one that is eating-disorder specific (i.e., Eating Disorder Risk) and five that are general integrative psychological constructs (i.e., Ineffectiveness, Interpersonal Problems, Affective Problems, Overcontrol, General Psychological Maladjustment).
  • The item set from the original EDI, as well as items from the 1991 revision (EDI-2), has been carefully preserved so that clinicians and researchers can compare data collected previously with data from the EDI-3.
  • The EDI-3 has clinical norms for adolescents in addition to U.S. and international adult clinical norms. It also provides multisite nonclinical comparison samples.

Test structure

  • The easy-to-use Percentile/T-Score Profile Forms include critical item sets that allow for the development of a more meaningful clinical picture.
  • An independent and structured self-report form, the EDI-3 SC is easy to complete and provides data regarding frequency of symptoms (i.e., binge eating; self-induced vomiting; exercise patterns; use of laxatives, diet pills, and diuretics) necessary for determining whether patients meet DSM-IV-TR™ diagnostic criteria.
  • Administration and scoring are available 24/7 on PARiConnect, our online assessment platform.

Referral form available

  • An abbreviated form of the EDI-3, the EDI-3 RF can be administered in 5-10 minutes (and scored in 15 minutes) and includes behavioral symptom questions to help identify individuals with potential eating disorders or pathology, including the three scales that compose the Eating Disorder Risk Composite (i.e., Drive for Thinness, Bulimia, Body Dissatisfaction).
  • Referral indexes are used to identify individuals who have or are at risk for eating disorders. These indexes are based on the individual’s body mass index (BMI) only; on BMI plus responses to EDI-3 questions about excessive eating concerns; and on responses to behavioral questions pertaining to eating disorder pathology.

Scoring software available

The EDI-3 SP is a computer-based scoring program for the EDI-3. Enter demographic information and item responses into the software program, and the software generates unlimited detailed, individualized Score Reports with raw scores, T scores, percentiles, and qualitative classifications for all EDI-3 scales. Reports can be edited on-screen to incorporate additional clinical information or to edit descriptive statements.

Spanish version available! The EDI-3 is also available in European Spanish.