Factor structure of the Bulimia Test-Revised in college women from four ethnic groups

Senaida Fernandez, Vanessa L. Malacrne, Denise E. Wilfley, John McQuaid

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The factor structure of the Bulimia Test-Revised (BULIT-R) was investigated using confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) and exploratory factor analysis (EFA). The sample consisted of 2,671 female college students (African American, Asian American, Caucasian American, and Latino American). Reliability coefficients were excellent across groups. African Americans scored significantly lower on the BULIT-R than Caucasian Americans. Across groups, CFA and EFA results suggest a six-factor solution is most appropriate. Consistent across groups were factors representing bingeing, body image, purging, and extreme weight loss behaviors, while few differences were observed across groups. These findings suggest that the measure is reliable and valid for use with diverse ethnic groups. Future research should focus on culturally salient psychological correlates of disordered eating in diverse ethnic groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-419
Number of pages17
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2006


  • Bulimia
  • Eating disorders
  • Ethnicity
  • Psychometrics
  • Validation


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