Research Publications

Whispers in private: The lived experiences of male victims of intimate partner violence

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a major social problem and health concern worldwide and remains an emotional and controversial topic. While few studies have been conducted with a focus on men’s experiences of victimisation from female partners there is now a growing body of literature highlighting a knowledge gap and the need for more research […]

Research confirms that supervision of peer support workers is better if informed by knowledge and understanding of the role

This content analysis of open-ended survey responses compares and contrasts perceptions on supervision from supervisors with experience providing direct peer support services (PS) and supervisors without experience providing direct peer support services (NPS).A 16-item online survey was distributed via the National Association of Peer Supporters (N.A.P.S.) listserv and through peer networks and peer run organizations. […]

Supporting young men who are affected by suicide

New research shows young men experience four different types of silence following the suicide of a close friend or peer. Dr Chris Bowden discusses his findings and what teachers, schools and others in the school community can do to better support their students. Read full article on the Education Central website2018

Improving policy and practice responses for men sexually abused in childhood

A significant number of men in Australia are victim/survivors of child sexual abuse. While a growing number of services offer therapeutic support and counselling for men, the issue of men’s sexual victimisation has not become a public policy issue. It is suggested that conceptualising and responding to male sexual victimisation as a public health issue, […]

Psychotic Disorders: Comprehensive Conceptualization and Treatments

Peer support for people with psychiatric illness: A comprehensive review Edited by Carol A. Tamminga, Jim van Os, Ulrich Reininghaus, and Elena Ivleva

How Adults Tell: A Study of Adults’ Experiences of Disclosure to Child Protection Social Work Services

Summary: This paper presents the findings of a study examining adult disclosures of childhood sexual abuse to child protection social work services in the Republic of Ireland. Limited literature indicates that adults can have negative experiences when disclosing childhood abuse; this is primarily owing to a lack of training, policy and guidance for practitioners, and […]

The experience of partner relationships for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse : a qualitative synthesis

Summary: Research has documented wide-ranging psychological impacts of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) for male survivors, but their experience of relationships is understudied. This qualitative review aimed to synthesize the qualitative literature concerning the experience of partner relationships for male CSA survivors. Electronic searches were conducted across PsycINFO, CINAHL, and PubMed, complemented by hand searches of […]

Global Early Adolescent Study

Influence of gender norms on the (sexual) health of young adolescents (11-14 years old). By GEAS

Measuring Adverse Child Experiences Among Young Adolescents Globally: Relationships With Depressive Symptoms and Violence Perpetration

The purpose of the study was to develop a measure of ACEs applicable for young ado- lescents in low- and middle-income countries (ACEs) and to analyze the relationships of ACEs against two outcomes: depressive symptoms and violence perpetration. There is a paucity of research on the consequences of adverse child experiences (ACEs) on adolescent health […]

New research shows parents are major producers of child sexual abuse material

Child sexual abuse material — images and videos of kids being sexually abused — is a growing international problem. Almost 70 million reports of this material were made to US authorities in 2019. That figure rose still further in 2020, as the COVID pandemic drove children and adults to spend more time online By Michael […]

Gendered Myths, Risks and the Social Amplification of Male Rape: Online Discourses

Male rape remains largely obscure in communication discourses; on rare occasions it suffers juxtaposition against its much-publicised counterpart, female rape. Yet victims of male rape too suffer various physical, sexual, emotional and mental health risks, as well as lack of much-needed support systems.

“The Unheard Voices”: Lived Experiences of Sexual Abuse in Male Survivors

Victims of sexual abuse face unique emotional challenges. Among them, the male survivors of sexual assault have largely been neglected in the literature, being traditionally considered “against the norm” and symbolic of reduced masculinity. Authors: Sarbopriya Das1, Soma Pramanik1, Deepshikha Ray1, Debanjan Banerjee2020

Peer Plus: Trial of a Novel Model of Digitally Assisted Peer Support for Young People Experiencing Psychosis

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) By Claire Peck Centre for Mental Health, Faculty of Health, Arts, and Design, Swinburne University of Technology

Untold Stories: Male Child Sexual Abusers’ Accounts of Telling and Not Telling about Sexual Abuse Experienced in Childhood

With evidence suggesting that females are more likely to be victims of child sexual abuse (CSA), much of the literature – including that on disclosure – focuses on females. Thus, male victims remain “under-studied”. Given this, the aim here is to contribute to the scant knowledge base on the sexual abuse of males and disclosure […]

Peer Support in Perinatal Mental Health: Review of Evidence and Provision in Scotland (Internship Project Report)

This report provides information on research and evidence about perinatal peer support, existing practice in Scotland and potential areas for future development. Author: Jessica MoranIntern, Scottish Graduate School of Social Science

The impacts of child sexual abuse: A rapid evidence assessment

Abstract: The aim of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA or ‘the Inquiry’) is to investigate whether public bodies and other non-state institutions have taken seriously their responsibility to protect children from sexual abuse in England and Wales, and to make meaningful recommendations for change, to help ensure that children now and in […]