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Assessing Appetitive Traits Among Chinese Young Adults Using the Adult Eating Behavior Questionnaire: Factor Structure, Gender Invariance and Latent Mean Differences, and Associations With BMI.

Authors
  • He, Jinbo1
  • Sun, Shengyan2
  • Zickgraf, Hana F3
  • Ellis, Jordan M4
  • Fan, Xitao1
  • 1 Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, China. , (China)
  • 2 Huzhou University, Huzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. , (China)
  • 3 University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA.
  • 4 East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Assessment
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2021
Volume
28
Issue
3
Pages
877–889
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1073191119864642
PMID: 31328547
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The current study examined the factor structure, measurement reliability, measurement invariance across genders, and latent gender mean differences, of a new Chinese translation of the Adult Eating Behavior Questionnaire (C-AEBQ) in a Chinese young adult sample (n = 1,068, 52.57% women). The associations between the appetitive traits assessed by the AEBQ and body mass index were also explored. The previously established eight-factor model of the AEBQ was supported in the present sample. The C-AEBQ had strong measurement invariance between genders. Cronbach's alpha estimates of the eight subscales of the C-AEBQ ranged from 0.76 to 0.97, and the test-retest reliability coefficients of the subscales ranged from 0.50 to 0.77. The C-AEBQ had adequate convergent and divergent validity, as supported by the theoretically expected correlations between C-AEBQ and the Three-Factor Eating Questionnaire. Furthermore, Satiety Responsiveness, Slowness in Eating, and Food Fussiness were inversely associated with body mass index. Overall, the C-AEBQ appears to be a psychometrically sound instrument as a comprehensive measure for appetitive traits for Chinese young adults.

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