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

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Ciarán O'Driscoll, Simone Farrelly, Philip Burgess, George Szmukler, Madiha Shaikh

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-59
Number of pages6
JournalComprehensive Psychiatry
Early online date30 Jul 2018
E-pub ahead of print30 Jul 2018

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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).

The validation process was conducted through a Multidimensional Item Response Theory (MIRT) approach, using a graded response model and a complementary network approach.

This resulted in a 19 item, four factor inventory with a good model fit, displaying good reliability and validity.

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.

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