Research projects and results

Research group

School of Psychology staff and postgraduate students need participants for their research projects and online research surveys. The surveys below are open to the public and we would appreciate you taking the time to help us with our research.

Past online surveys

  • See summaries of results of past online surveys at Survey results.
  • See Closed surveys for recent surveys. The researchers are analysing their data and writing up the results for publication.

Surveys currently collecting data

Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and Other Mental Health Factors in Young Adults

Emily Cory - This research is being conducted as a partial requirement for a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology.

I am currently seeking participants to complete an online survey.

The purpose of this study is to investigate the links between non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), personality, and mental health factors. NSSI refers to the socially unacceptable destruction of one’s own body tissue without the intent to commit suicide. NSSI is not uncommon in New Zealand and more research is needed to understand what factors promote and protect against engaging in NSSI.

Participants must be aged between 18 and 35 years, live in New Zealand and be proficient in the English language. If you meet these criteria, I warmly invite you to participate. You will be asked to fill out an online survey, which takes approximately 10-25 minutes to complete. The survey includes questions about your own experiences with NSSI (if you have any) and other personal beliefs and ways of thinking. Participants who complete the survey can choose to participate in a random prize draw to win one of 30 $25 USD Amazon vouchers. The survey also contains information about relevant services if you are experiencing psychological distress.

Access: Mental health factors in young adults
Project opens - 31/08/2018

Leisure engagement and subjective well-being in New Zealand workers: Is variety the spice of life?

Rebecca Sinclair – This research is in partial fulfillment for a Master's degree in Psychology

This research investigates the relationship between leisure participation and well-being in New Zealand workers. In particular looking at whether engaging in a variety of leisure activities is more beneficial to individual well-being than the frequency or duration.

If you are currently working in New Zealand, I welcome you to take part in this study. This involves completing an anonymous 10 minute survey online that will ask a number of questions relating to your leisure activities, job role, and general well-being.

To thank you for your time, there is an option for a summary of the findings to be sent to you.

Access: Leisure and Wellbeing Survey
Project opens: 21/08/2018
Project closed: 13/09/2018

Factors Influencing the Cognitive Appraisal of Health & Safety Related Organisational Change

Matt Hurley – This research is in partial fulfillment for a Master's degree

As a result of New Zealand's history of poor performance in workplace health and safety, businesses and organisations have experienced significant organisational change during the past few years to try and improve this performance. This study seeks to identify specific factors that predict whether such health and safety related organisational change is seen as positive or negative by employees in New Zealand organisations. Understanding how employees respond cognitively to health and safety changes is the key motive behind this study.

If you are 18 years or older, employed in any New Zealand business or organisation and you have experienced or have been exposed to health and safety changes, you are invited to participate. Participation involves completing an online questionnaire, taking no longer than 8 to 15 minutes. In the event where you not have been exposed or haven't experienced health and safety change, but know of someone who has, please forward this research request onto them. As a way of thanking participants for their contribution a summary of the findings will be provided on request.

Access: Perceptions of Health and Safety Related Change Survey
Survey opens: 18/05/2018
Project closed: 13/09/2018

Have you ever wondered how Third Wave Therapies overlap? Creating a Compendium of Third Wave Therapy Strategies.

Michelle Rous – Research is a partial requirement for a Master’s degree in Psychology

This research investigates the relationship between strategies used by therapists in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. Whilst all therapies have strategies considered ‘central’ to them, strategies are often very similar or the same across different therapies. This research seeks to identify the areas of overlap, similarity and difference, and represent these relationships in a model.

If you are a therapist in a mental health discipline, I welcome you to take part in this study. This involves sorting cards of strategies from these therapies, following a set of instructions. I will mail all the required materials to you, regardless of your location, and you can simply email the necessary forms back. To thank you for your contribution, a summary of the findings will be sent to you should you request this.

Access: Third Wave Therapies: Information sheet and instructions
Project opens - 12/09/2017

Leadership and employee wellbeing in information technology (IT) related work

Suzanne Davies - This research is a partial requirement for a Master’s degree

Despite overwhelming evidence demonstrating a positive relationship between constructive leadership behaviours and employee psychological wellbeing; occupational burnout and low engagement are found to be the norm in employees with low coping strategies or resilience. This research aims to explore how leadership is related to employee burnout and engagement, and whether employees’ psychological flexibility (resilience) can enhance their well-being. It also investigates if high strain roles exist beyond occupations where employees perform frontline work.

If you are 18 years or older, employed on IT related projects and reside in Australia or New Zealand you are invited to participate. Participation involves completing an online questionnaire, taking no longer than 15 - 20 minutes.
Should you not be involved in IT related project work, but know of someone who is, please forward this research request onto them. As a way of thanking participants for their contribution a summary of the findings will be provided on request.

Access: Leadership and employee wellbeing in IT project work
Survey opens – 20/07/17

A Helpful Dose of Humour

Andrew Walmsley – This research is a partial requirement for an Honours degree.

It has long been known stressful events have the potential to cause psychological and physical distress. Where there is uncertainty, is understanding why particular individuals experience more distress than others following a stressful event? Why some individuals are able to ‘bounce’ back? Why some individuals continue to decline?
I’m interested in exploring the adaptive and maladaptive functions of humour. In particular, whether different styles of humour can help people cope with some of life’s challenges? Or whether certain types of humour function as a barrier to recovery?

You are kindly invited to participate by completing an anonymous short survey online that will ask you a number of questions about humour, trauma and wellbeing. The survey will take 5 – 10 minutes to complete. As a way of thanking you for your participation, you may get a chance to win a $40 gift card from Countdown.

Access: A Helpful Dose of Humour
Survey opens – 01/07/2017

Have you ever come close to death? Sleep habits after a near-death incident

Natasha Tassell-Matamua (Staff member from the School of Psychology)

I am interested in exploring the sleep habits of people who have experienced a near-death incident. I would like to know whether your sleep habits have changed since your near-death incident, and if so, in what ways. It is possible they may not have changed at all, and I am also interested in this.

If you are over the age of 18 years and feel you have had a near-death incident at some time in your life, then I would like to invite you to take part in this research. A ‘near-death incident’ may be defined as any event where you experienced some physiological / physical impairment, and were unconscious for a period of time, and may or may not have been clinically dead. Some examples of a near-death incident may include physical trauma associated with a car accident, a heart attack, surgery, near-drowning, near-suicide, assault, childbirth, coma, head trauma, among others.

Access - Survey: Near death incidences and sleep habits
Survey opened: 2/11/2016

Near Death Experiences and Attitudes to Death

Nicole Lindsay, This research is a partial requirement for completing a Masters of Arts degree in Psychology.

This research is interested in exploring Near Death Experiences (NDEs) and corresponding attitudes toward death. If you have had an experience where you were dead, dying or close to death then you are invited to take part in this research. You may or may not have a conscious memory of this episode. An NDE is defined as an experience where you felt as though something unusual yet significant happened to you during this time, such as leaving your physical body; seeing an unusual light or meeting deceased relatives. Your participation is also welcome if you have had a close brush with death but do not recall any unusual memories from this time. This online survey is completely anonymous and will approximately 20 minutes.

Access - Survey on Near Death Experiences and Attitudes to Death
Survey opened: 11/09/2014

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