Current Research

Have you experienced a negative social event? Help researchers understand the long-term consequences

Negative social events are experiences that could be perceived as a threat to a person’s reputation or self-esteem, and are often experienced as humiliating, embarrassing, or distressing (e.g., being harshly confronted over a mistake, freezing during a presentation, having rumors spread about you). Experiences of this kind are common in everyday life, but affect people differently. Some individuals may feel distressed for a long time after a negative social event while others may not.

The purpose of this study is to examine how people view and respond to negative social events and how these events impact well-being and general adjustment over time.

Participating in this study includes completing online questionnaires upon entry into the study, as well as at one month, three months, and six months later. For each completed set of questionnaires, participants are entered into a draw to win one of four $50 credit card gift-cards.

You are eligible to participate if you are 18 years of age or older, live in Canada or the United States, and have experienced a negative social event.

For more information, please read this consent form.

If you have further questions or would like to participate, please send an email to with the subject line: negative social events study.

This study was reviewed and approved by the University of Regina Research and Ethics Board.