University of New England

Assessing the Influence of Caregiver Factors on Family-Based Treatment (FBT) for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders: Phase Three Measure Evaluation

Chief InvestigatorUniversity SupervisorClosing Date
S.A. McCordDr Kylie Rice19 Dec, 2024
Chief InvestigatorS.A. McCord
University SupervisorDr Kylie Rice
Closing Date19 Dec, 2024

About the research trial

Following a systematic review to identify the known caregiver strengths and challenges, a Delphi study was conducted to obtain expert feedback on a conceptual model and to develop a psychometric assessment measure for caregivers of children and adolescents participating in eating disorder treatment. This measure is designed to help identify the particular strengths and challenges a family is facing, to improve clinical decision making and treatment planning including the ability to tailor supports to a family with the goal of increasing remission rates.\
The current research study I am promoting is the validation of the resulting psychometric measure, currently titled the Caregiver Strengths and Challenges Questionnaire for Eating Disorders (CSCQ-ED). The CSCQ-ED comprises multiple choice questions as well as non-identifiable demographic data, along with a convergent and divergent existing measure (the Parents versus Eating Disorders Scale (Rhodes et al, 2005) and the Personal Wellbeing Index (Cummins et al., 2013). The study is delivered as a Qualtrics study online, which may be accessed via link or QR code.\
Our team seeks approximately 500 caregivers to participate by completing the questionnaire on one occasion, which will require approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Recruitment details

Seeking adult participants who are the parent or caregiver of a young person aged 6-18 with an eating disorder, and who are currently participating or have recently participated in the young person's eating disorder treatment.


Sara A. McCord