Development and Validation of the Compensatory Eating and Behaviors in Response to Alcohol Consumption Scale (CEBRACS)
Restriction, Alcohol, Purging, Scale development
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The goal of the current investigation was to develop and validate a measure to assess an individual's eating-related behaviors related to alcohol consumption, specifically behaviors intended to compensate for calories so that more alcohol could be consumed or restrict calories to enhance the psychoactive effects of alcohol consumption. Two hundred and seventy four undergraduate students (n = 51 males; 75.2% Caucasian) completed a newly developed scale, the Compensatory Eating and Behaviors in Response to Alcohol Consumption Scale (CEBRACS), along with measures of eating restriction, bulimia, and body dissatisfaction. An exploratory factor analysis on the CEBRACS revealed the existence of 4 clear-cut factors: alcohol effects, bulimia, dieting and exercise, and restriction. Internal consistency statistics for all subscales ranged from .79 to .95. Pearson product–moment correlations between the CEBRACS and measures of bulimia, restriction, and body dissatisfaction ranged from .04 to .44. T-tests revealed no gender differences in compensatory eating behaviors. Future research directions and limitations of the current study are discussed.
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Eating Behaviors, v. 13, issue 2, p. 83-87
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Rahal, Collin; Bryant, Judith B.; Darkes, Jack; Menzel, Jessie Erin; and Thompson, Joel K., "Development and Validation of the Compensatory Eating and Behaviors in Response to Alcohol Consumption Scale (CEBRACS)" (2012). Psychology Faculty Publications. 1406.