Adaption to Major Life Events

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Short Description: Major life events (e.g. divorce) often require considerable adaptation and pose a risk for some people. Yet, many people cope rather well with such events, and some feel even better after wards. In this IS-module, in-depths psychological assessments (experience sampling, cognitive assessments) were used to explain diversity in developmental trajectories.

Methodological Details: Multiple methods were used to collect the data in this study. Most importantly, the study contains two waves of experience sampling in which people reported on the daily stressors, emotions, stress regulation, and momentary activities in their daily lives. During each wave, participants were prompted six times a day on 12 days distributed over three weeks, and they were asked to answer standardized questions.

Incentives: In wave 1, participants received 20€ for the session at home and 60-70€ for the experience sampling (70€ if the participant responded to at least 60 of the 72 prompts). The same incentive scheme was used in wave 2. In wave 3, participants received 20€ and additional 20€ if they had participated in all parts of the study. Total: between 120€ (20 + 60 in wave 1, 20 in wave 2, 20 in wave 3) and 220€ (20 + 70 in wave 1, 20 + 70 in wave 2, 20 + 20 in wave 3).

Available Papers
  • Blanke, Elisabeth S., Mirjam J. Schmidt, Michaela Riediger, and Annette Brose. 2019. Thinking mindfully: How mindfulness relates to rumination and reflection in daily life. Emotion (online first). (;

  • Blanke, Elisabeth S., Annette Brose, Elise K. Kalokerinos, Yasemin Erbas, Michaela Riediger, and Peter Kuppens. 2019. Mix it to fix it: Emotion regulation variability in daily life. Emotion 20 (3), 473-485. (;

  • Siebert, Stefan, Elisabeth S. Blanke, and Annette Brose. 2017. Everyday Experiences in the SOEP Innovation Sample (EE-SOEP-IS): A Multi-Method Study. SOEP Wave Report 2016 , 69-72










Anette Brose (Humboldt University of Berlin)



Data available on request



Experience sampling method