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Influence of nutritional intervention on antisocial behaviour in young people (Ref: SF20/APP/YOUNG)

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

About the Project

Evidence supports the idea that poor diet can lead to antisocial behaviour and work by Gesch et al (2002) has shown that supplementing prisoner’s diets with vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids can lead to a reduction in antisocial behaviour. Another study by Eves and Gesch (2003) also revealed young offenders who were institutionalised, made poor food choices resulting in poor quality diets, which did not meet dietary recommendations while certain nutrients, particularly refined carbohydrate consumption contributes to maladaptive behaviours (Fishbein, 1982). Earlier studies (D’Asaro et al 1975) have also supported the theory that behaviour and emotional health are influenced by nutrition and that multivitamin supplementation and nutrition education can lead to improvement in morale, mood and self-motivated behaviour among inmates. Young men and women from deprived areas, who may already be struggling with health problems, are more likely than others to become incarcerated, and compounded with the stress of prison life, can increase their risk of physiological changes that may lead to multiple cardiovascular risk factors such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease (Dong, 2015).

This project aims to understand if nutritional education can help improve food choice in young people in a secure setting and provide them with the information to chose a healthy lifestyle outside of the secure environment. In addition, a supplementation intervention will aim to investigate effects on antisocial behaviour.

Eligibility and How to Apply:
Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
• Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see

Please note: Applications should include a covering letter that includes a short summary (500 words max.) of a relevant piece of research that you have previously completed and the reasons you consider yourself suited to the project. Applications that do not include the advert reference (e.g. SF20/…) will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: 1st July for October start, or 1st December for March start
Start Date: October or March
Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.

Please direct enquiries to Dr Julie Young ()

Funding Notes

Please note, this is a self-funded project and does not include tuition fees or stipend; the studentship is available to Students Worldwide. Fee bands are available at View Website . A relevant fee band will be discussed at interview based on project running costs.

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