Department of Psychology

The Risk and Resilience Study – looking at individual differences in sensitivity to life events

Mon Oct 12 11:19:00 BST 2015

What is this study about?

Ever wonder why people react so differently to similar situations, such as getting a bad evaluation in your studies or at your job? Some people are naturally more sensitive to both positive and negative life events than other people, leading these individuals to do better when in a supportive environment, but potentially worse when in an unsupportive environment. This research is investigating the characteristics of why and how people differ in how they react to events throughout our lifetime.

What does the research study involve?

This study is an online study in which you’ll need to fill in a series of questionnaires. It will take between 40-60 minutes and at the end you can enter yourself into a prize draw to win £50 of High Street Vouchers!

This study will start by asking you some demographics questions and then ask you some questions about how you’ve been feeling in the last few weeks. You’ll then be asked to think back and answer some questions about your childhood. We also want to know how you think you’d respond to some hypothetical situations as well as how sensitive you are to the environment. Finally, the study will measure your current social support and ask about recent events in your life.

Who can take part?

All participants must be over 18 to participate.

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

All information and data will be kept strictly confidential and all reports will be anonymised. This study has been approved (project code: 15-132) by the Department of Psychology Ethics Committee.

Who can I contact for further information?

If you’re interested in taking part or learning more about the study, please email and you’ll be sent an email link to the study.

Any questions regarding participation or the study will be answered as soon as possible.
This research is being undertaken by Dr. Michelle St Clair and Rebecca Stewart. Please contact us with any concerns at the above email address