Clinical Study

The Helping Children With Loss Instrument (Hcwl-I): Instrument Development And Validation For Construct Validity Of The Treatment

Posted Date: Jul 28, 2022

  • Investigator: Rachael Nolan
  • Specialties: ADD/ADHD, AIDS-HIV, Adolescent Psychiatry/Psychology, Allergy, Bipolar Disorder, Cancer, Cardiology, Depression, Dermatology, Diabetes, Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology, Environmental Health, Epilepsy, Esophageal Diseases, Gastroenterology, Gynecologic Oncology, Gynecology, Head and Neck Cancer, Immunology, Kidney Disease, Leukemia, Liver Disease, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, Movement Disorders, Nephrology, Neurology, Neuromuscular Disorders, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Pain Medicine, Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatic Disease, Psychiatry/Psychology, Pulmonary Diseases, Radiation Oncology, Rheumatology, Skin Cancer, Skin Disease, Speech Pathology, Surgical Oncology, Thyroid Cancer, Transplant Nephrology, Vascular, Women's Health
  • Type of Study: Observational/Survey

Presently, no evidence-based grief intervention exists for adults who work with grieving children, nor has any grief-related program been evaluated to determine the program’s capacity to produce population-wide changes in adults' ability to influence grieving children. Of the few community-based grief recovery programs offered to adults who work with children, it is suggested that one program holds significant promise. This four-week (4 wk.) program, entitled Helping Children with Loss (HCWL) aims to educate, empower, and train adults on how to assist grieving children. For the purpose of this study, children are defined as persons between the ages of five and 17. Although research instruments are available that measure grief in adults and children alike, none specifically target the theoretical variables of the HCWL program that aim to educate, empower, and train adults on how to assist grieving children. For this reason, the current study will develop and test a self-report instrument called the Helping Children with Loss Instrument (HCWL-I) that measures targeted theoretical variables of the HCWL program defined as knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. With these aims in mind, the purpose of this study is to 1) develop a self-report instrument (HCWL-I) to measure variables that have been theoretically proposed to influence adults who work with grieving children; and 2) to assess the validity and reliability of the HCWL-I to measure the hypothesized theoretical variables of the HCWL program in a sample of adults deemed eligible to participate in this study.


(1) A Person Who Is 18 Years Of Age Or Older; (2) A Person Who Has Not Previously Completed The Hcwl Program; (3) A Person Who Can Read, Write, And Speak English; (4) A Person Who Is A Us Resident; (5) A Person Who Can Provide Informed Consent; And (6) A Person Who Is Now Or Has In The Past Worked With Children.


Child Grief, Instrument Validation, Adults Who Work With Children

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Dr. Rachael D. Nolan

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