Participants Wanted: A Study on Grit and Understanding of Mixed Emotions in 8 to 13 Year-Old Children

Project Title: Investigating the relationship between coping and understanding of mixed emotions in pre-adolescence through a developmental perspective.

This study is being conducted as part of Francesca Fotheringham’s PhD in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience (ethical approval code PS14258).

Are you curious about what your child knows about emotions?

We invite your child(ren) age 8 to 13 to participate in an exciting research project exploring pre-adolescent children’s coping and grit, in relation to how they think about emotions. This is to gain a broader understanding of resilience.

The researcher will read three stories and your child(ren) will be asked to choose from a selection of emotions what they thought the person in the story felt and draw how much and for how long they thought the chosen emotions were felt. They will then be asked to complete a questionnaire on grit, a questionnaire on their emotional coping, and a questionnaire about their life experiences (e.g. moving house, moving school, and getting a younger sibling). No identifiable data will be recorded and it is anticipated that this will take no longer than 20 minutes.

You will also be asked to complete a two part questionnaire about your child(ren)’s behaviour, personality, and emotional coping. You will be provided with a detailed information sheet before you decide to take part and the questionnaires should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. All data will be anonymised and stored securely.

If you are interested, please contact Francesca Fotheringham (flf2), or her supervisors Dr Barbara Dritschel (bd9) and Dr Erin Robbins (er70).

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