Take part in our study on parental reactions towards stressful life experiences in children

Are you a parent? We're looking for volunteers to help us investigate reactions that parents show towards children who have experienced a stressful life event.

Previous research has shown that the reactions of adults, especially parents, are important in determining child outcomes following exposure to stressful life events such as accidents, natural disasters or interpersonal violence.

Studies in different countries suggest that what adults and parents consider a helpful reaction for children in distress may differ across individuals and cultures. This study tries to understand such processes in more detail, with the hope of improving support for children and adolescents who experience stressful life events.


We are looking for parents aged 18 and above who are fluent in English. It does not matter if your children are minors or older than 18 years - any parent is welcome to participate.

We are recruiting for this study until 14 July 2019.

What's involved in the study

Your participation in this study is expected to take about 15-25 minutes (depending on your experience with filling in surveys). You will be asked to provide some demographic data, before reading a short description of a child who has experienced a stressful life event. You will then be presented with some questionnaires that assess how you would react to this event if you were this child’s parent.

What you'll get in return

There is no direct monetary benefit from taking part in this study. However, we hope the information gathered will help improve the support that is available to children and their families following stressful life events. If you wish, you have the option to enter a prize draw at the end of the study for three Amazon vouchers of £50 each (or equivalent for international participants).


Any information you provide while taking part in this study will be stored anonymously. Your data will be accessible to researchers from our team only. The results of the study may be published, but no identifying information of individual participants will be included in the publication.

Contact us to sign up

If you would like to take part in this study or have any questions, please get in touch with the researcher.