Generalization of Emotion Regulation

Duke eIRB # Pro00035922
Thank you for your interest in our Emotion Generalization study! If you would like to participate in the screening to see if you may be eligible, please click here or read below for more information.

You might be eligible for this study if you:

• Are between 18-55 years old
• Are currently be under the care of a psychiatrist, psychologist, therapist, or other mental healthcare provider.

Here are some further details about the study that may interest you:

This is a study about the ways in which people cope with emotional distress in their lives. We will be looking at ways to understand how to help people calm down easier after they become emotionally distressed. We are interested in how to do this both inside the clinic and also outside in the real world. The overall length of time you would be in the study ranges from 3 to 5 weeks, and involves coming to Duke for 3 or 4 appointments. One appointment is long, while the others will take less than an hour. If you are eligible, you will be paid between $45-$176, depending on your participation in different parts of the study. You may have to wait until the end of the study to be paid.

Here’s how the process goes:
Once you complete the online survey by clicking this link, you will be contacted by phone by one of our study staff. If you are eligible for the study based on the online survey, we’ll set up an assessment appointment for you in our clinic at Duke. When you come to Duke for the assessment, you will receive a full description of the study and choose whether or not you would like to consent to participate. If you do agree to participate, you will fill out questionnaires and speak with an interviewer. This assessment day will last between 1 and 6 hours. The interviewer will ask you about many aspects of your life, including how you cope with stress, ways in which you tend to think about yourself, and how you get along with others. We will also ask questions about your personality, intelligence, and specific symptoms of problems such as anxiety and depression.

Based on that interview, we’ll make the final decision about whether or not this study is a good fit for you. If you are not eligible for the study, you will receive $10 plus a parking pass or bus pass to cover your transportation. If it is a good fit, an interviewer will ask you to describe in detail several stressful experiences you have had over the past few weeks. You will also be asked to write them down, review them with the interviewer, and rank the stressful events from most stressful to least stressful. You will then be asked to return to the research office to begin the study that week if possible. When you come back to do the study you will hear your stressful situations played back to you using headphones and will be given time to feel better after listening to your recent stressful situations. One week later, you will be asked to come in and repeat these same steps. You may also be asked to carry a cell phone for 1 or 2 weeks, which we will use to assess how emotionally distressed you feel in your daily life. If you qualify, you can make from $45-$176, depending on what parts of the study you complete.

If you choose not to answer any questions in the online survey, this will not affect your access to current or future health care at Duke, however you will not be able to participate in the the study. Your research data (answers to the online survey questions) will not be stored or be connected to any of your Duke University Health Care information. We will keep the answers to all of these screening questions as part of our research; however, if we find that the study is not a good match for you, all identifying information such as your name and phone number will be destroyed and your data stored in a way that does not identify you. Only your answers to the questions, without your identifying data, will be used for research studies. This data will be kept indefinitely.

Click here to begin the online survey for the Emotion Generalization study:

Note: If you do not have regular access to a computer or you would prefer to do these questions over the phone with one of our study staff, you may contact us directly at (919) 684-6701.

If you have any questions about participating in this study please contact Lisa Kelley at 684-6701 or email her at

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