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My background is in the field of Social Psychology and my own research involves the study of groups, falling into two main areas: crowd behaviour and collective resilience.

My main body of interest is explaining how people behave in crowds and I am part of a group of Social Psychologists who seem to spend a lot of their time overcoming the classic myths associated with collectives, as crowds often behave much better than they are usually given credit for! My own particular area of interest is mass emergency behaviour and how this influences disaster planning and response guidelines. What we are increasingly finding is that communities affected by emergencies are often much more resilient to adversity than was previously expected, and this has profound implications for emergency policy and planning.

Following on from this, I am also interested in looking at how people can come together if they have a shared experience of adversity, and how this collective resilience might also help mitigate the effects of exposure to stress. I have explored the emergence of collective resilience in a variety of diverse groups, such as nurses, paramedics, and young people dealing with the everyday stresses of growing up.

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Research Output 2004 2018

Open Access
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School Nursing
Reproductive Health
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Nursing
Public Health

Collective resilience and social support in the face of adversity: evidence From Social Psychology

Cocking, C. 15 Sep 2016 The Routledge international handbook of psychosocial resilience. Kumar, U. (ed.). London, UK, Vol. 1, p. 111-123 13 p.

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gender
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Engaging young people to inform health improvement commissioning and delivery in East Sussex

Sherriff, N., Coleman, L. & Cocking, C. 1 Jan 2015 120 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

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Reproductive Health
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