Department of Psychology

How does language affect wellbeing in adolescents?

Thu Jun 29 13:17:00 BST 2017

What does the research study involve?

This study has two parts. In the first phase you will be asked to complete a short online questionnaire about your communication abilities. Your parent/caregiver will be asked to complete a brief online questionnaire about your developmental history and social functioning. If invited to take part in the second phase, you will be asked to complete some language tasks, questionnaires about how you have been feeling recently and two computer tasks designed to measure how you understand social cues.

How long will it take?

The first phase (online questionnaires) will take approximately 15 minutes. If invited to the second phase, the assessment will take 90 minutes in total.

When and where will the research take place?  

  • This research will take place until June 2018.
  • The first phase is online. The second phase can take place at the University labs, in your school or at your house – wherever is convenient for you! If you have travelled to the University your expenses will be reimbursed.

Who can take part? 

  • All participants must be native English speakers, aged 11-18 years.
  • No diagnosis of Autism, intellectual disability or hearing impairment.
  • With or without a language difficulty (e.g. Developmental Language Disorder/Specific Language Impairment/Mixed Expressive-Receptive Language Disorder).

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 15-245.)

Why should you take part? 

  • You will help to contribute towards important research that may help young people, parents and professionals.
  • For participation in the second stage, you will be given £15 in cash and travel expenses reimbursed.
  • 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 Claire Forrest by email at