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Image Based Measures

We know how difficult it can be for children and young people to express their feelings, and its importance in supporting their mental health. Now, the main way we find out how young people are doing and feeling is with text-based questionnaires. We know these don’t work for everyone. So, we want to create a different type of questionnaire, that uses images and pictures rather than text.

Text-based questionnaires are particularly challenging for certain groups of people, such as minoritized ethnic groups, neurodiverse groups, people with special educational needs, and people with English as an additional language. This is because existing text-based measure have often not been designed with people from these groups. We want to hear from different people, including people from these groups. This project will result in the creation of a co-produced image-based questionnaire/measure working with young people and researchers.

Project lead: Julian Edbrooke-Childs

Funder: Medical Research Council

Collaborators: Anna Freud and UCL

Duration: Just over a year – September 2023 to November 2024

Estimated completion/publication date: November 2024