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Coping with Stress

Welcome to the Study: "Coping with Stress?"


Thank you for visiting this survey page. This research has been approved by the Ethics Committee at the School of Psychology, University of Southampton, UK (Ref. 30163).

Before deciding whether to participate in this study, please read the following information. You will need to indicate that you have understood this information before you can continue.  You may participate if you are over the age of 18. By checking the box at the bottom of this page and clicking on ‘Continue’, you are consenting to participate in the study.



Karlien Paas (PhD student), and researchers Dr Claire Hart (, Dr Erica Hepper, and Professor Constantine Sedikides

Centre for Research on Self and Identity (CRSI), School of Psychology, University of Southampton, United Kingdom.


What is the Research About?

The aim of this study is to investigate how different people cope with stressful or difficult situations. We are interested in how peoples’ personalities predict their coping styles.


What is Involved?

We are requesting your participation in an online survey. You will be asked some questions about your personality. You will also be asked to think about some personal values, and then finally, respond to some questions about how you would cope with a specific situation. It should take about 30 minutes.

Ideally, you should complete the study when you are alone at your computer and your responses cannot be overseen. Please take your time to respond to the questions thoughtfully and openly. Remember that there are no right or wrong answers – so feel free to provide completely open and honest responses.

Risks and Benefits

There are no significant risks involved in this study beyond those that you would encounter in everyday life. You may feel some questions are a bit personal. Please feel free to skip any questions that you feel are too personal, and/or to stop your participation in the study at any time. You are free to withdraw without penalty at any point during the session, simply by closing your internet browser window.

We have tried to ensure that the questions in this study do not cause any distress.  However, it is not uncommon to experience some anxieties or concerns when completing questionnaires like these, and support is available. If participating in this survey raises any issues for you, we recommend that you contact

You may benefit from participating because at the end, you will learn our specific research aims, and told where to go for more information on the topic of personality and coping. For many participants, this will increase their scientific knowledge about how we cope with stress. In addition, you will contribute to psychological science and our understanding of these issues.

Finally, as a thank you for taking part in this study, you can choose to be entered into a prize-draw that will give you an opportunity to win an Amazon Gift Voucher. We are giving away 1 voucher of £50, and 5 prizes of £10 (or equivalent, depending on country).



Your participation in this study is anonymous. All data are treated as confidential.



If you have any questions or concerns about the study, you may contact Karlien Paas, the principal investigator, by email on



Participation in this study is fully voluntary and you are free to withdraw without penalty at any point during the session, simply by closing your internet browser window.

Data may be made available on the Open Science Framework, naturally this will be all anonymous.

In consenting, I understand that I am not waiving any legal claims, rights, or remedies. I also understand that data collected as part of this research project will be kept confidential and that published results will maintain that confidentiality. I finally understand that if I have any questions about my rights as a participant in this research, or if I feel that I have been placed at risk, I may contact the chair of the Ethics Committee, School of Psychology, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK;; telephone +44 (0)23 80 593 856.


Please note: If you are a student at the University of Southampton, and want to participate for research credits, please sign up via eFolio and follow the link from there.


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