Here are some common questions about the iCATS project. Please do contact us if you have any further questions or would like to know more.

What is the purpose of the iCATS research project?

All children feel scared or anxious from time-to-time, but some children feel so scared or anxious that it starts to cause problems for them in their day-to-day lives. These children may benefit from support to help them overcome their difficulties with anxiety. However, most children with anxiety difficulties don't access support. One reason for this is that it can be hard to pick up anxiety problems in children, and know whether a child may benefit from support or not. We want to develop a short questionnaire that can accurately identify children with anxiety difficulties who may benefit from support.

What will taking part in iCATS involve?

We will ask children, and their parents/carers, and teachers to complete questionnaires, and parents/carers and children will also take part in an interview. You can find out more here.

Who is conducting the research?

We are a team of researchers from the University of Oxford. The project is led by Professor Cathy Creswell. The project is funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR).

Will my data be kept safe?

Yes. All information we collect will be kept secure and in confidence. For more information about how we keep your information safe, please see our Privacy Notice.

What will my child/student be asked to do and how long will it take?

Children will complete questionnaires in school in small groups. Children will also be interviewed by a researcher on another day. The questionnaires will take about 30 minutes, and the interview will take about an hour.

What is expected of parents?

Parents will be asked to complete some questionnaires about their child and to provide some background information about their family. We will then contact parents to arrange a time for them to take part in an interview, either at school or over the phone.

What is expected of class teachers?

Teachers will be asked to complete some short questionnaires about each child in their class who is taking part. Questionnaires will take around 5-10 minutes per child. We will also ask teachers to provide some background information about themselves.

What children are eligible to take part in the study?

All children in years 4-6 in schools that are taking part in the project are eligible. We will only invite children to take part after their parent/carer provides consent.

My child isn’t anxious, can we still take part?

Yes! We would like as many children as possible to be involved. We want to develop a questionnaire that identifies children who struggle with anxiety and those who don’t – so we want children who do and don’t struggle with anxiety to take part.


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This project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) (RP-PG-0218-20010). The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.