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MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Social Relationships and Health Improvement

MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Social Relationships and Health Improvement

June 2019 studentship topics

Note: The topics below are indicative. Student-led applications/topics relevant to the Unit and Programmes (ie on related topics with different supervisors) are also very welcome.

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The role of the partner/father in supporting vulnerable mothers’ parenting: first steps in developing an intervention for partners/fathers
Supervisors: Dr Katie Buston, Dr Marion Henderson
The THRIVE study, led from within SPHSU, has highlighted the deep and enduring vulnerabilities that some mothers face. This project will draw on secondary analysis of THRIVE data to explore these, and the role of the partner/father in the family. Additional, in-depth interviews will be conducted with THRIVE mothers to glean their perspectives on partner/father involvement in parenting, and their own support needs. Interviews will also be conducted with key staff in organisations such as Barnardos, Early Years Scotland, and Fathers Network Scotland, focusing on developing an intervention targeted at the partners/fathers of vulnerable mothers, which will appropriately support vulnerable mothers.

How does PrEP change personal and interpersonal scripts in relation to condom use?
Lead supervisor: Dr Kirstin Mitchell
HIV PrEP is highly effective at preventing HIV negative individuals from contracting the HIV virus, but condom use is still required to protect against other STIs such as gonorrhoea and syphilis. In reducing fear and anxiety about HIV, PrEP has potential to influence both inclination and confidence to use condoms. A script is an ‘operating syntax’ which guides behaviour. This PhD will explore individual scripts around condom use, and how these shape, and are shaped by, interpersonal sexual scripts created between partners. Methods are likely to include a longitudinal qualitative analysis with men who have sex with men prior to starting PrEP and several months later.

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