PhD Project

Update: The survey is now closed. Thank you to all the emergency responders who participated in the study.
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Social relationships are found to be one of the cornerstones of psychosocial recovery. In times of emergencies and disasters, both survivors and first responders may be affected; however, relatively few studies focus on first responders. This research aims to know the role social relationships play on the psychological outcomes related to emergency first response work. This is also the first bicultural study comparing emergency first responders in New Zealand and the Philippines.
We are looking for emergency first responders to participate in the study. If you are 18 years old and above, and currently a member of the police, military/defence force, civil defence, emergency/disaster management organisation, emergency medical service (such as in hospitals), fire service, emergency/disaster response organisation (such as the Red Cross), we are inviting you to participate in the study.
How to Participate? Participation in the study involves answering a questionnaire, which takes 30 to 45 minutes to finish. You may choose to answer the questionnaire online or through paper-and-pencil. As a way of thanking you for your participation, you may get a chance to win a $40 gift card from Countdown (if you are in New Zealand) or ₱1,000 gift card from SM (if you are in the Philippines).
If you can help us understand how social support works among emergency first responders, and would like to participate in the study, please go to the survey page.
The study information sheet is found on the web address, which explains the details of participating in this research. If you wish to know more about the study, and/or if you prefer to participate through paper-and-pencil format, please contact me.
John Guilaran
PhD Candidate and Primary Researcher
School of Psychology
Massey University, Wellington
+ 64 4 801 5799 ext. 63844
The questionnaire will be sent to you through the name and address you provide, and you may return the questionnaire through prepaid postage.
Your anonymity is assured. We observe strict confidentiality.
This project is supervised by Dr Ian de Terte (main supervisor, Massey University, New Zealand), Prof. Christine Stephens (co-supervisor, Massey University, New Zealand), and Prof. Krzysztof Kaniasty (co-supervisor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA).
This project has been reviewed and approved by the Massey University Human Ethics Committee: Southern B, Application 16/28. If you have any concerns about the conduct of this research, please contact Dr Rochelle Stewart-Withers, Chair, Massey University Human Ethics Committee: Southern B, telephone 06 356 9099 x 83657, email