Intraethnic Comparison of Eating Attitudes in Native Koreans and Korean Americans Using a Korean Translation of the Eating Attitudes Test

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Abstract

Although Asian samples have been studied using the Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26), the literature lacks data on Korean samples. Furthermore, although cross-cultural studies of eating disorders have been done, intraethnic studies are lacking. This study concerns an intraethnic Korean comparison of eating attitudes. The EAT-26 was translated into Korean and validated by back-translation and by a preliminary study on 32 bilingual (Korean and English-speaking) Korean women. The validated Korean translation was completed by a sample of 195 native South Koreans (NKs) and the original version by a sample of 39 Korean Americans (KAs). EAT-26 scores seemed to indicate that the NKs had more disordered eating attitudes. Furthermore, the KAs appear to be a lowrisk sample for eating disorders. Implications for further research are discussed.

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