University of Bath

Help us study psychophysiological resilience and stress profiling in young people

We are looking for volunteers to take part in our research on how to help young people cope with looking after a family member with an illness.

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The research will look at factors that help young people cope, so improved support can be provided to others who need resilience. Photo courtesy of Kate Williams on Unsplash.

This study will explore how young people who look after a family member with an illness or health condition respond to stress. It will also explore what may impact resilience, as looking after a family member can be stressful, but many young people still cope well. Finally, it will look at the way the body reacts to stress by measuring a hormone called cortisol.

The aim of the study is to find factors that help young people cope, so we can better support those who need to improve their resilience.

Take part

We are looking for volunteers aged 11-18 years old who:

  • look after a family member with an illness or health condition
  • do not look after a family member with an illness or health condition

If you are under 16 years old, your parent or caregiver will need to give consent for you to take part in the study.

What's involved

The study will take between 30 and 45 mins and has two steps:

  1. You will be required to fill out a few questionnaires.
  2. You will then give a very small sample of your hair. The 5mm wide hair sample will be taken from the back of your head, near your scalp, where it is not visible to others. It is a quick and painless process.

You can take part in the research from your own home or you can come to the University of Bath. The study closes in August 2018.

What you'll get

As a small gesture of thanks for taking part, you will receive £5.

You will also contribute towards important research that may help young people and young carers.

To take part, email Tamsyn Hawken t.a.hawken@bath.ac.uk

Your information

All information and data provided will remain strictly confidential and all reports will be anonymised. This research has been approved by the University of Bath Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee (S17-017).

More about the study

To find out more about this research, watch the study video.

If you are the parent of a young person looking to take part, read more about the study on our website.

We are recruiting volunteers for a number of other studies. Take a look at our other research projects to see what else you could get involved in.