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The development and validation of the Brief Experience of Caregiving Inventory (BECI)

O'Driscoll, C; Farrelly, S; Burgess, P; Szmukler, G; Shaikh, M; (2018) The development and validation of the Brief Experience of Caregiving Inventory (BECI). Comprehensive Psychiatry , 86 pp. 54-59. 10.1016/j.comppsych.2018.07.003. Green open access

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: The social network supporting an individual with psychosis may be adversely affected by the experience of caregiving. The Experience of Caregiving Inventory (ECI) is 66 item self-report measure of the impact of caregiving for carers of people diagnosed with psychotic disorders. This study aimed to create a brief version of the ECI, and evaluate its reliability and validity (n = 626). METHODS: The validation process was conducted through a Multidimensional Item Response Theory (MIRT) approach, using a graded response model and a complementary network approach. RESULTS: This resulted in a 19 item, four factor inventory with a good model fit, displaying good reliability and validity. CONCLUSION: The BECI is a valid measure. The simplicity, ease of application and robust psychometric properties further enhances its acceptability and usefulness as a brief measure in clinical research and trials, as well as in routine practice providing reliable and valid data on experience of caregiving in families of an individual with psychosis.

Type: Article
Title: The development and validation of the Brief Experience of Caregiving Inventory (BECI)
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.comppsych.2018.07.003
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.comppsych.2018.07.003
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Carers, Psychosis, Questionnaire Development, Psychometrics, Item Response Theory
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10055289
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