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Aida Malovic BSc (Hons), MSc

CHSS PhD Scholarship Student



I am a second year funded PhD student at CHSS. The title of my thesis is: Adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities who display harmful sexual behaviours: adaptation of measures.

Children and young people with an intellectual disability appear overrepresented within the group of those who display harmful sexual behaviours, however the reason why is not fully understood. Some research has suggested that factors such as low self-esteem, deviant sexual arousal, a lack of sexual knowledge, poor attachment and emotional loneliness may contribute to an increased risk of sex offending. As a result the aim of my thesis is to collect psychometric data on three measures, two of which will be adapted for application with such population. The three measure are of resilience, loneliness, and secure attachment. In developing reliable and validated instruments we might be able to offer some clarity in which contributing factors might be active in risky behaviours.

Further to my PhD project I am also active in establishing a collaborative research unity across the campus, with focus on autism. Together with Dr Heather Ferguson at the School of Psychology, we have created a database for volunteering participants with ASD in the Kent region.

My previous work has included teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, as well as a number of research assistant posts based at the University of Kent. I completed my MSc in Cognitive and Neuropsychology at Kent in 2009.

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Malovic, A., Rossiter, R. and Murphy, G. H. (2018) 'Keep Safe: the development of a manualised group CBT intervention for adolescents with ID who display harmful sexual behaviours', Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour. Emerald, pp. 49-58. doi: 10.1108/JIDOB-10-2017-0023.
Malovic, A., Murphy, G. H. and Coulton, S. (2016) 'Finding the Right Assessment Measures for Young People with Intellectual Disabilities Who Display Harmful Sexual Behaviour', Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. Wiley, pp. 101-110. doi: 10.1111/jar.12299.
Langdon, P. E., Murphy, G. H., Shepstone, L., Wilson, E. C., Fowler, D., Heavens, D., Russell, A., Rose, A., Malovic, A. and Mullineaux, L. (2016) 'The people with Asperger Syndrome and anxiety disorders (PAsSA) Trial: A pilot multi-centre single blind randomised trial of group cognitive-behavioural therapy', BJPysch Open. Cambridge University Press, pp. 179-186. doi: 10.1192/bjpo.bp.115.002527.
Richardson, L., Beadle-Brown, J., Bradshaw, J., Guest, C., Malovic, A. and Himmerich, J. (2016) 'I felt that I deserved it - experiences and implications of disability hate crime', Tizard Learning Disability Review. Emerald Publishing, pp. 80-88. doi: 10.1108/TLDR-03-2015-0010.
Beadle-Brown, J., Richardson, L., Guest, C., Malovic, A., Bradshaw, J. and Himmerich, J. (2014) Living in Fear: Better outcomes for people with learning disabilities and autism. Tizard Centre. Available at: http://www.mcch.org.uk/pages/multimedia/db_document.document?id=8009.
Malovic, A. and Williams, S. (2014) 'The Independent Woman's Handbook for Super Safe Living on the Autistic Spectrum', Tizard Learning Disability Review. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 199-200. doi: 10.1108/TLDR-06-2014-0017.
Malovic, A. (2014) 'True Citizenship', Tizard Learning Disability Review. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 150-151. doi: 10.1108/TLDR-10-2013-0045.
Conference or workshop items
Malovic, A., Cygan, L., Richards, S., Murphy, G. and Rossiter, R. (2016) 'Adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities who display harmful sexual behaviours: adaptation of measures', in. 15 World Congress IASSIDD, Wiley, p. 700.
Malovic, A., Rossiter, R., Murphy, G., Barry, S. and Marks, E. (2016) 'Keep Safe: group intervention for young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and harmful sexual behaviour', in. 15 World Congress IASSIDD, Wiley-Blackwell, p. 797.
Langdon, P. E., Murphy, G. H., Wilson, E., Shepstone, L., Fowler, D., Heavens, D., Malovic, A., Rose, A. and Mullineaux, L. (2014) 'Group cognitive behavioural therapy for people with Asperger syndrome who have problems with anxiety: the initial results of the PAsSA pilot treatment trial.', in. Fourth International IASSIDD Europe Regional Congress, Wiley/Blackwell, p. 325. doi: 10.1111/jar.12107.
Sakel, M., Wilkinson, D. T., Haque, I., Malovic, A. and Gallagher, M. (2013) 'Does upper limb spasticity treatment improve mobility?', in. International Conference on Recent Advances in Neurorehabilitation.
Total publications in KAR: 11 [See all in KAR]
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