Sarah Osman is a Postgraduate Researcher in the School of Psychology.
Violent thugs or vulnerable youth? Reshaping how we think of gang members: An examination into their emotional and mental health needs
Sarah's research interests centre on how different levels of gang involvement and duration of gang membership can impact on the behavioural, emotional, and psychological development of youth participating in gang activity. It is not clear whether individuals who become gang-involved have pre-existing mental health difficulties or whether gang membership leads to a range of mental health problems.
Therefore, through her PhD, she aims to examine the effects of gang membership on mental health, negative emotionality, victimisation, and violence over time. Sarah is also particularly interested in how gang members morally disengage from the harmful conduct they engage in, trauma-induced perpetration due to committing violent acts, and gang desistence through using gang research to encourage systemic practice between educational, local authority, mental health, and criminal justice agencies.