Our Research

What kind of questions will be asked?

To join the research, you will need to fill out a baseline survey which asks for general demographic information (name, email, gender, ZIP code … etc.), information about your Ukrainian background, subjective feelings of integration and current and past happiness. The questions are mostly multiple-choice or short-text. All the questions can be answered either in Ukrainian or English. 

What is a DRM?

DRM stands for “Daily Reconstruction Method”. With this method we want to assess how you feel and link this to your activities, locations, communication partners and language. We will send out a short survey 3-times a day (12:45, 16:45, and 20:45) for one week. The questions target the previously mentioned aspects (happiness, location, activities, communication partners and communication language). They cover three previous four-hour periods a day (9:00-13:00, 13:00-17:00, 17:00-21:00). The survey is simple and short and will only take you about 5 minutes.

What are the interventions and meditations about?

Participants will be given a 2 hour talk. In the first hour, members will learn mindful self-compassion and resilience techniques (intervention). In the second hour, participants will learn a Loving-Kindness Meditation. You have the option of doing the 2 hour talk in either English or Ukrainian. More details will be given at our meet-up.

What are the interviews about?

The interviews are a chance to share your story. We have a couple of questions prepared regarding your Ukrainian background, your move from Ukraine to Germany, your reasons behind this move and your current feeling of wellbeing and integration. The interviews are expected to last between 20-30 minutes. Based on your preference, the interview can be conducted in Ukrainian or English (online or in person).  

What will happen with your data?

All of the information that you provide us will be treated confidentially. It will be safely stored on a server which can only be accessed with a password. The only two people who have access to the data are the two researchers, Randall and Ann-Christine.

Are there any risks of participating in this research?

There are no forseeable risks for you participating in this research. The survey received ethical approval by Ruut Veenhoven from Erasmus University in Rotterdam. At the same time, the participation in our research is completely voluntary and therefore, you always have the right to refuse or withdraw from the study without any penalty.

Do you have questions?

If you still have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us (ann-christine.link@uni-marburg.de or info@happinesscommunication.com