Stress and Emotions in the Lives of Families

Principal Investigator: Bruce Compas, Ph.D.


The Stress and Coping Lab at Vanderbilt University is doing a study about how children and their caregivers regulate emotions and cope with stress. We are looking for caregivers who have at least one child between the ages of 10 and 15 who would be willing to participate in a study.

Interested caregivers can complete an interest form with their contact information. The form takes 3-minutes to complete and can be accessed online through Redcap at the following link:

Eligible caregivers and children will be sent online surveys to complete about stress, coping, stressful life experiences, and other related difficulties. Please note that the online surveys may take up to 1-1.5 hours to complete. In addition, eligible families will be invited to our lab for a visit lasting approximately four hours, where they will complete thinking and learning tasks, surveys, and also participate in a videotaped conversation together while body responses, like heart rate, are measured.

Participant Criteria

Caregivers who have at least one child between the ages of 10 and 15


For completing all questionnaires and lab-based tasks, families can earn up to $100; caregivers will be paid $50, and children will be paid $50.


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Contact Information

VU self study
615 322 8290

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Enter your name and contact information and this study's coordinators will contact you if there are openings available.