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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
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.
  • Includes clinical norms for adolescents in addition to U.S. and international adult clinical norms. It also provides multisite nonclinical comparison samples.
  • The EDI-3 Referral Form is an abbreviated version of the EDI-3 that quickly screens individuals for eating disorder risk. Learn more about the EDI-3 Referral Form.

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.

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.