Department of Psychology

Understanding and Measuring Coping in Older People

Mon Apr 03 12:43:00 BST 2017

What does the research study involve? 

If you choose to take part, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire ( This will contain questions about several areas that we think could be important for understanding what helps people to cope with difficult or stressful experiences. Some of the questionnaires might seem relevant to you, but others might not.
You will be able to fill the questionnaires in in your own time and take breaks as needed. You are welcome to ask someone to help you with completing the questionnaires, as long as the answers are your own.

How long will it take?

The study normally takes around 20 minutes to complete, but may take longer depending on how many breaks you take in between questions!

When and where will the research take place?

The questionnaires are all online (, however paper copies can be sent to you and be returned in the post if this is more convenient for you.

Who can take part?

All participants must be over 65 years of age and a permanent UK resident.

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

All information and data provided will remain strictly confidential and all reports will be anonymised. This research has been approved by the Department of Psychology Ethics Committee (Ref. 16-144)

Why should you take part? 

  • You will help to contribute towards important research that may help others access better support in older adulthood.
  • We hope that having a better understanding of how people cope across the whole of their lives and having more accurate ways to measure it will:
Lead to better identification of individuals who may require more help as their support networks and physical abilities diminish in older adulthood, and
Allow professionals to take a more strengths-based approach to improve people’s overall wellbeing rather than focussing on treating ill-health.
  • There are no negative side effects of taking part.

Who can I contact for further information?

If you would like to take part in the study, please contact Priya Patel by email at or call 07912621624.