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Emotion Regulation and Socioeconomic Status: A Cross-Cultural Replication Study


This study is part of a dissertation project being carried out by Aimi Amalina Zulkefli and Rhonda Tulloch from the School of Education and the College of Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow.

  Invitation to take part

You are being invited to take part in a research investigating emotion regulation and socioeconomic status. Before you decide to take part it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with one of the researchers if you wish. Your participation will be completely voluntary and will not be paid. Should you decide to take part you are free to withdraw at any time without explanation. It should be noted however, that requesting to withdraw from this study must be done within two weeks of completion of your participation.You do not have to answer any questions that you do not want to.

  What is the purpose of the study? 

The purpose of this research is to investigate the benefits of emotion regulation to those from different levels of socioeconomic status. Emotional regulation has been shown to be an important element of psychological health (Gross & Munoz, 1995; Gross, 2002). The present study also hopes to examine the potential influence of cultural differences between US, UK and Malaysia.

 What does my participation involve?

Your participation in this study will involve completing online questionnaires. You will provide informed consent before participating. You will take 15 minutes to complete demographic information such as age, gender, race and online questionnaires related to socioeconomic status, cognitive reappraisal ability, depressive symptoms, life stress, and habitual cognitive reappraisal use.

  Why have I been chosen?

You have been chosen to take part in this study because you fit the population specification as an adult residing in UK or Malaysia.

  Do I have to take part?

Participating in this study is voluntary, you are not required to accept this invitation. You are free to withdraw from this study at any point, for any reason. It should be noted however, that requesting to withdraw from this study must be done within two weeks of completion of your participation.

  Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

Data will be kept anonymous and stored on a GDPR compliant server. The data will not include any personal information so that you cannot be identified. An anonymous version of the data will be available to other researchers containing only the key study variables.

  What will happen to the results of the research study?

The data will be used as part of dissertation project for MSc Psychological Studies (conversion) at the University of Glasgow.

  Who can I contact if I want more information?

If you have any questions about this study, please feel free to contact Dr James Bartlett, the supervisor for this project, researchers; Aimi Amalina Zulkefli or Rhonda Tulloch

If you need support, there are a few mental health supports available:


• NICE, online mental health resources and guidance,

• Breathing Space (Scotland), Lines are open Monday to Thursday 9am to 2am Friday to Sunday 6pm – 6am, 0800 83 85 87


• Befrienders Kuala Lumpur provides 24/7 emotional support and can be contacted +603-76272929 or email Information and resources can be accessed at

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