Child and Adolescent Victimisation: Prevalence and predictors in Australia

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Supervisor – Emeritus Professor Jackob Najman,

This will be the first Australian study of the prevalence and the predictors of violence experienced by Australian children and adolescents. There is some evidence that a substantial minority of children experience violence in their early years. Depending on the successful candidate’s specific interests there is the opportunity to explore social and environmental factors (parental unemployment, neighbourhood characteristics) as well as intergenerational factors (e.g. parental poverty, domestic conflict, instability and violence) or child specific factors (victim of crime, maltreatment or violence) which may be associated with the victimisation of children using a large, multi-generational Australian data set. 

The proposed project will use data from the first, second and third generations of a large birth cohort study, the Mater University of Queensland study of Pregnancy (MUSP).  MUSP commenced data collection between 1981-1983, recruiting 6753 mothers (G1) who have been followed up periodically for 27 years, their 7223 children (G2) who have been followed up at intervals for 30 years and their grandchildren (G3) who have been contacted once and of these  ~1790 children aged 9 years or older are the focus of the current data collection.  To date some 350 research papers have been published from this study.  There is an opportunity here for the successful candidate to publish a series of research papers, obtain a PhD and contribute to the further development of one of Australia’s leading birth cohort studies. As well as working on existing data the candidate would also be expected to be actively involved with the data collection for the next phase of the study, which will commence in the next few months, with a view to using the most recent data in their own thesis.   

More details of this study and a list of publications are available at this link.

Preferred educational background

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant's previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

A working knowledge of community based quantitative research would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of social research/epidemiology and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of public health is highly desirable.

*The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 2, 2021. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date. International applicants may need to apply much earlier for visa reasons.

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