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Study Title: Adaptability and its Relationship with Psychological Flexibility and Wellbeing


You are invited to take part in this research study that examines whether adaptability (adjustment in situations of change, novelty, and uncertainty) and psychological flexibility (ability to endure uncomfortable experiences) is predictive of a range of mental health and well-being outcomes.   Dr Daniel Waldeck—Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Psychological, Social and Behavioural Sciences at Coventry University—is leading this research. Before you decide to take part, it is important you understand why the research is being conducted and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully.


What is the purpose of the study?

The purpose of the study is to investigate whether subjective ratings of adaptability can predict a) life satisfaction and b) wellbeing. It will also examine whether there is an interaction between adaptability and psychological flexibility in the prediction of these outcomes. There is theoretical overlap between these two factors, however, no research to date has been conducted to explore this relationship empirically. 


Why have I been chosen to take part?

Anyone is eligible to take part in this study as long as they are aged 18 or above. 


What are the benefits of taking part?

By sharing your experiences with us, you will be helping the researchers and Coventry University to better understand whether students’ adaptability is predictive of life satisfaction and a range of well-being outcomes, and whether any observed relationship is moderated by psychological flexibility. This research has the potential to help identify the overlap between adaptability and flexibility, which could lead to further research and development of interventions to increase adaptability.


Are there any risks associated with taking part?

This study has been reviewed and approved by Coventry University (HLS) Ethics Committee. You will be asked questions which relate to how you manage negative thoughts and feelings.  Some individuals may find discussing such content uncomfortable.  If you feel that answering such questions about how you manage emotions and the social networks you have would make you uncomfortable, then taking part in this survey may not be appropriate for you.  There will be details provided at the end of the study for how to access resources should you experience any distress as a result of taking part in the study.


Do I have to take part?

No – it is entirely up to you. If you do decide to take part, please keep this Participant Information Sheet and complete the Informed Consent Form to show that you understand your rights in relation to the research, and that you are happy to participate. Please note down your participant number (which is on the Consent Form) and provide this to the lead researcher if you seek to withdraw from the study at a later date. You are free to withdraw your information from the project data set at any time until the data are fully anonymised in our records on (1st September 2019). You should note that your data may be used in the production of formal research outputs (e.g., journal articles, conference papers, theses and reports) prior to this date and so you are advised to contact the university at the earliest opportunity should you wish to withdraw from the study.   To withdraw, please contact the lead researcher (contact details are provided below). In the event of the lead researcher’s absence, you may also contact the Research Support Office on email:; telephone [+44 (0) 24 7765 8461] so that your request can be dealt with promptly. You do not need to give a reason. A decision to withdraw, or not to take part, will not affect you in any way.


What will happen if I decide to take part?

You will be asked a number of questions that are designed to measure adaptability, psychological flexibility, perceived social support and a range of wellbeing outcomes. The questionnaire should take around 20-25 minutes to complete. You will be asked to provide an email address should you wish to take part in the prize draw.  The email address you provide will be deleted from the database by 1st October 2019 after the prize winner has been emailed.


Data Protection and Confidentiality

Your data will be processed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018. All information collected about you will be kept strictly confidential. Unless they are fully anonymised in our records, your data will be referred to by a unique participant number rather than by name. Your data will only be viewed by the lead researcher, Dr Daniel Waldeck and his research colleague, Dr Andrew Holliman.  All electronic data will be stored on a password-protected computer file kept on a secure Coventry University OneDrive. The lead researcher will take responsibility for data destruction and all collected data will be destroyed on or before 1st September 2019, where it will then only exist in fully anonymised form                          .


Data Protection Rights

Coventry University is a Data Controller for the information you provide. You have the right to access information held about you. Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018. You also have other rights including rights of correction, erasure, objection, and data portability. For more details, including the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office, please visit Questions, comments, and requests about your personal data can also be sent to the University Data Protection Officer on


What will happen with the results of this study?

The results of the study may be used to form the basis of an academic conference paper or submitted as an article to a peer-reviewed empirical journal.


Making a Complaint

If you are unhappy with any aspect of this research, please first contact the lead researcher, Dr Daniel Waldeck on If you still have concerns and wish to make a formal complaint, please write to Andrew King (Ethics Board Chair) on In your message please provide information about the research project, specify the name of the researcher, and detail the nature of your complaint.






If you are still interested, please complete the consent form


Please note that this Survey is approved for online recruitment of participants by Coventry University Ethics (HLS).