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Sarah Osman

Postgraduate Researcher

Sarah Osman

Research

Research interests

My 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 my PhD, I aim to examine the effects of gang membership on mental health, negative emotionality, victimisation, and violence over time. I am 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.

Thesis title

Violent thugs or vulnerable youth? Reshaping how we think of gang members: An examination into their emotional and mental health needs

Supervisor

Funding

  • Social Sciences Faculty PhD Support Top-Up Fund: £400
  • University of Kent 50th Anniversary Research Scholarship

Publications

  • Beecham, J., Pearce, P., & Osman, S. (2017). Cost-effectiveness of school-based humanistic counselling for psychological distress in young people: Pilot randomized controlled trial. Manuscript submitted for publication
  • Osman, S., & Wood, J. (2016). Gang membership, mental ill health and negative emotionality: A systematic review of the literature. Manuscript submitted for publication.
  • Pearce, P., Sewell, R., Cooper, M., Osman, S., Fugard, J. B., & Pybis, J. (2016). Effectiveness of school-based humanistic counselling for psychological distress in young people: Pilot randomized controlled trial with follow-up in an ethnically diverse sample. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research & Practice, 90, 138-155. doi: 0.1111/papt.12102
  • Vasquez, E. A., Osman, S., & Wood, J. (2012). Rumination and the displacement of aggression in United Kingdom gang-affiliated youth. Aggressive Behaviour, 38, 89-97. doi: 10.1002/ab.20419

Conference presentations

  • Osman, S., & Wood, J. (2017). Is it just a case of 'Mad and Bad'? A case study approach to gang membership and mental ill health. The Investigator: Investigating Gangs. Hitchin, United Kingdom.
  • Osman S., & Wood, J. (2017). Gang membership, mental ill health and negative emotionality: A systematic review of the literature. International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services Conference, Split, Croatia. 
  • Pearce, P., Fugard, A., & Osman, S. (2014). The Align Project: Educational Outcomes from a Randomised Controlled Trial of Person Centred, School Based Counselling. Presented at the annual meeting for the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Nottingham, United Kingdom.
  • Pearce, P., Sewell, R., & Osman, S. (2013). The Align Project: A Randomised Controlled Trial of Person Centred, School Based Counselling. Presented at the annual meeting for the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
  • Vasquez, E. A., & Osman, S. (2010). Gangs, rumination, and the displacement of aggressive behaviours. Paper presented at the annual meeting for the Forensic Division of Psychology, Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom.

Research posters

  • Osman, S., & Wood, J. (2017). The stigma of mental ill health among gang-affiliated youth. Poster presented at ESRC Seminar Series: Youth Mental Health.
  • Osman, S., & Wood, J. (2016). Gang membership, mental ill health, victimization, and violence: A systematic review. Poster presented at Postgraduate Research Symposium, University of Kent.
 

 

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