About Down's Syndrome : Exploring the impact and contextual pathways of emotional outbursts – Can you help with this study?

Can you help with this study?

What is the study about?

We would like to find out more about how emotional outbursts/meltdowns impact children/young people and those around them, and why outbursts might happen in different situations. We would like to do this by speaking to parents and caregivers in 1-on-1 interviews. Your views and ideas may help researchers think about how to create strategies to support families, and the ways they could measure emotional outbursts.

Who can take part?

Families with children aged between 6 to 25 years old, who have emotional outbursts at least once a month can take part. Families who have taken part in our previous emotional outburst/meltdown questionnaire study can also take part. If children and young people wish to speak to researchers about their own outbursts, they can take part, but this is optional.

What do I need to do?

If you have not taken part in the previous questionnaire study, you may be asked to complete some online questionnaires asking about your child’s meltdowns and background information, which will take around 30-60 minutes. You will then speak to a researcher in a 1-on-1 interview, which will take around 1 hour. Interviews will take place over phone/internet call.

If you would like to take part and/or have any questions about the study, please contact:

Justin Chung


+44 (0)121 414 7221

Justin is a doctoral researcher at the School of Psychology, University of Birmingham. He is part of the Kate Woodcock Research Group and he is coordinating the Stay Calm project, which aims to broaden our understanding of emotional outbursts in children and young people.


Dr Kate Woodcock


+44 (0)121 414 6036

Kate is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Psychology, University of Birmingham. The work of her research group focuses on the effects of the environment on human behaviour, and how changes to behaviour can be brought about when such a change is desired by the individual.

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