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Short Psychological Intervention for Children and adolescents with Eating disorders (SPICE) study

Are you a young person, or a parent/carer of a young person, with lived experience of an eating disorder? We would love to hear your views on guided self-help treatments!

The demand for eating disorder services among children and young people has increased substantially over recent years. One way of meeting a large demand for psychological support is through the use of guided self-help interventions.

We want to develop a brief, guided self-help intervention to support children and young people with eating disorders, and their families. We would like to better understand young people and their parents’ views on various aspects of guided self-help interventions to ensure that we develop a treatment programme that families want and need.

Who can take part?

  1. Children and young people (aged 11-17 years) with a current, or previous, eating disorder diagnosis
  2. Living in the UK

OR

  1. Parents/carers of young people (aged up to 17 years) with a current, or previous, eating disorder diagnosis (including ARFID)
  2. Living in the UK

What does the study involve?

The study involves filling in a short screening questionnaire to check whether you are eligible to take part in a focus group. This questionnaire takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.

If you are eligible to take part, you will then be invited to take part in a focus group. In the focus group, you will be asked to talk about any experience you may have had using self-help, who you think the self-help should be for, what you think the self-help should include and who should be involved in delivering the self-help. Participants will not be specifically asked to talk about their own lived experience of eating disorders.

The focus group will take place online and will last approximately 1.5 hours. You will receive a £40 Amazon or Love2Shop voucher for taking part in a focus group.

How can someone take part?

If you have any questions or would like to take part, please contact the lead researcher, Emily Davey (PhD Student) at spicestudy@ucl.ac.uk.

PI: Professor Roz Shafran

UCL REC Reference number: 22129/001

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