Relations between Social Cognition & Social-Emotional Health

University of British Columbia, Early Development Research Group

University of British Columbia, Psychology

Purpose: To examine relationships between how people reason about other people (i.e. referred to as ‘social cognition’) and various aspects of social-emotional health and well-being. This research is important for identifying factors that contribute to one’s social- emotional health and will lay the critical groundwork for future research designed at promoting better health and well-being. Study Procedures: You will be asked to complete a survey (20-40 minutes in length) with questions about yourself. We are interested in hearing from anyone, regardless of whether you have a health condition of any kind, or not. In addition to some basic demographic questions (e.g., age, sex, ethnicity, income, education) you will be asked questions assessing different aspects of your social cognition, social functioning, and social-emotional health and well-being (e.g. peer relationships, emotional expressions). We are also interested in how recent and ongoing changes (e.g. those resulting from the social distancing measures or other consequences of the pandemic) may impact your social-emotional health. As such, you will also be asked about your current family environment (e.g., recent job or financial changes, type and amount of social interactions, level of stress or anxiety). If you have a child between the ages of 3 and 17 you will be given the option to answer additional questions about their social cognition and social-emotional health. The survey will take between 20 and 40 minutes depending on whether you are completing questions about your children) With this consent form you are only consenting to complete one questionnaire. However, you will be asked if you are willing to be contacted about future study opportunities such as those aimed at examining changes in social emotional health over time. You may choose to skip any question(s) that you are not comfortable answering.

Your Impact

Participants will be making an important contribution to research that can help inform policies to support well-being and healthy development. This questionnaire will provide participants with an opportunity to reflect on various aspects of your social-emotional well-being and experiences. Information on how to access wellness resources for adults and children are also provided.

Eligibility Criteria

All genders

At least 18 years old

Reads English

Resident of USA or Canada

Study Tasks

Complete an online survey lasting 20-40 minutes
Answer questions about yourself (and if applicable your child)


This study has been approved by UBC's Behavioural Research Ethics Board (Ethics ID: H17-01103)


Social effects of COVID
Social Relationships
Parents and children's health

Activity and Time

Health and Wellness, Psychology


Weekdays, Weeknights, Weekends, Overnight

20 minutes total, 1 session

Participate online anytime. Time required ranges from 20-40 minutes depending on whether you are answering questions about any children you have.


A chance to win 1-of-25 $38 Amazon or Indigo gift cards

Participants will have a 1/25 chance to win a $50CDN (or $38 USD) gift card . Everyone who participates in the study and completes a simple skill-testing question (i.e. to ensure you are not a robot), will be eligible to win the draw, even those who later choose to withdraw. There will be 1 draw for every 25 participants that take part (for a total of up to 20 draws).

Study Address

This study doesn't require any in-person visits. Complete it in the comfort of your own home!

Posting date: Oct 23, 2020

A chance to win 1-of-25 $38 Amazon or Indigo gift cards