Violence against children, Sexual and gender-based violence, Intervention research, Violence prevention, Child abuse, Families and HIV, HIV/AIDS, Violence measurement, Parenting programmes, Social determinants of health, Adverse childhood experiences, Sexual risk behaviour, Mental health
Current research projects include:
ERC Starting Grant 2019 (2020-2025): Interrupting intergenerational violence transmission: a mixed-methods three-generational longitudinal study in South Africa (INTERRUPT_VIOLENCE). Principal Investigator, collaboration with colleagues at University of the Witwatersrand School of Public Health.
Global Challenges Research Fund (2019-2024): Accelerating Achievement for Africa's Adolescents Hub. Co-Investigator with colleagues at University of the Witwatersrand School of Public Health, led by University of Oxford.
Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (2019-2023): The first national study of child abuse and neglect in Australia: prevalence, health outcomes, and burden of disease. Co-Investigator with colleagues at Queensland University of Technology.
ESRC Rapid COVID-19 Grant (2021-2022). Domestic Abuse: Harnessing Learning Internationally under COVID19 (DAHLIA-19). Co-investigator with Claire Houghton, led by the CONNECT Centre.
ESRC Future Research Leaders Award (2017-2019): Evidence-based child abuse prevention: Developing measures for observation and evaluation in a global context. Principal Investigator.
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Topics interested in supervising
I am particularly interested in supervising students who are keen to conduct quantitative research on child, adolescent and young people populations on the topics: violence, HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, mental health, violence/HIV prevention. I particularly welcome applications from students of non-traditional academic backgrounds and from the global South. I have masses of qualitative and quantitative data on adolescent and young people's health, education, behaviour and violence exposures in South Africa and I welcome applications from students who wish to use this data for analyses.
If you are interested in being supervised by Franziska Meinck, please see the links below (open in new windows) for more information:
Meinck, F, Steele, B, Neelakantan, L, Davies, L, Jochim, J, Boyes, M, Dunne, M & Barlow, J (2022). Measuring violence against children: a COSMIN systematic review of the psychometric properties of child and adolescent self-report measures. Trauma, Violence & Abuse.
Mathews, B, MacMillan, H, Meinck, F, Finkelhor, D, Haslam, D, Tonmyr, L, Gonzalez, A, Afifi, T, Scott, J, Pacella, R, Higgins, D, Thomas, H, Collin-Vezina, D & Walsh, K. (2021). The ethics of child maltreatment surveys in relation to participant distress: Implications of a review of social science evidence, ethical guidelines and law. Child Abuse & Neglect.
Neelakantan, L,# Fry, D. , Florian, L & Meinck, F. (2022) Adolescents’ Experiences of Participating in Sensitive Research: A Scoping Review of Qualitative Studies. Trauma, Violence and Abuse.
Meinck, F, Orkin, M & Cluver, L. (2021) Accelerating Sustainable Development Goals for Adolescents in HIV endemic areas in South Africa: a longitudinal pathway analysis. BMC Medicine.
Meinck, F, Schmidt, P, Murray, A, Nikolaidis, G and Dunne, M (2020). Measuring child maltreatment: The adequacy of the ISPCAN Child Abuse Screening Tool in 9 countries. Child Abuse and Neglect.
Dunne, MP and Meinck, F (2020). Commentary: Childhood adversity and death of young adults in an affluent society. The Lancet.
Fluke, J, Tonmyr, L, Gray, J, Bettencourt-Rodriques, L, Bolter, F, Cash, S, Jud, A, Meinck, F, Cas Munoz, A, O'Donnell, M, Pilkington, R and Weaver, L (2020). Child Maltreatment Data: A summary of progress, prospects and challenges. Child Abuse and Neglect
Cluver, L, Steinert, J, Meinck, F et al. (2020). Parenting, mental health and economic pathways to prevention of violence against children in South Africa. Social Science and Medicine.
Dunne, MP and Meinck, F. (2020). Childhood adversity and death of young adults in an affluent society. Commentary. The Lancet.
Steinert, J, Cluver, L, Meinck, F, Nzima, D and Doubt, J. (2020). Opening the black box: A mixed-methods investigation of social and psychological mechanisms underlying changes in financial behaviour. Journal of Development Studies.
Meinck, F, Picker, V, Nittas, V, Pantelic, M, Orza, L, Spreckelsen, T, Bustamam, A, Little, M and Stoeckl, H. (2019) A systematic review of interventions to prevent and reduce intimate partner violence among adolescents and youth vulnerable to HIV. AIDS.
Meinck, F, Orkin, F and Cluver, L. (2019) Does free schooling affect pathways from adverse childhood experiences via mental health distress to HIV risk among adolescent girls in South Africa: a moderated pathway model. Journal of the International AIDS Society.
Steinert, J, Cluver, L, Meinck, F, Doubt, J and Vollmer, S. (2018) Household Economic Strengthening through Saving and Budgeting: Evidence from a Field Experiment in South Africa. Journal of Development Economics, 134: 443-466.
Liel, C, Meinck, F, Steinert, J, Kindler, H, Eickhorst, A and Lang, K. (2018) The German short form of the Child Abuse Potential Inventory (BCAPI): Psychometric properties and gender differences in parents of young children. Child Abuse and Neglect.
Meinck, F, Boyes, M, Cluver, L, Ward, CL, DeStone, S, Schmidt, P and Dunne, MP (2018). Development and Psychometric Properties of the ISPCAN Child Abuse Screening Tool for Use in Trials (ICAST-TRIAL) among South African Adolescents and their Primary Caregivers. Child Abuse and Neglect.
Cluver, L, Meinck, F, Toska, E, Orkin, M, Hodes, R and Sherr, L. (2018) Multi-type violence exposure and adolescent antiretroviral non-adherence in South Africa. AIDS, 32(8):975-983.
Cluver, L, Meinck, F, Steinert, J, Shenderovich, Y, Doubt, j, Herrero Romero, R, Lombard, C, Redfern, A, Ward, C, Tsoanyane, S, Nzima, D, Sibanda, N, Wittesaele, C, De Stone, S, Boyes, M, Catanho, R, Lachman, J, Salah, N, Ncuza, M, and Gardner, F. (2018) Parenting for Lifelong Health: A pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial of a non-commercialised parenting programme for adolescents and their families in South Africa. BMJ Global Health, 3:e000539
Meinck, F, Fry, D, Ginindza, C, Wazny, K, Elizade, A, Spreckelsen, T, Maternowska, MC and Dunne, M. (2017) Emotional abuse of girls in Swaziland: Prevalence, perpetrators, risk and protective factors and health outcomes. Journal of Global Health 7(1):010410.
Toska, E, Pantelic, M, Meinck, F, Keck, K, Haghighat, R and Cluver, L. (2017) Sex in the shadow of HIV: A systematic review of prevalence rates, risk factors, and interventions to reduce sexual risk-taking among HIV-positive adolescents and youth in sub-Saharan Africa. PLoS One 12(6):e0178106.
Meinck, F, Cluver, L, Bray, R, Loening, H, Casale, M, Doubt, J and Sherr, L. (2017). Access to health and child protection services for victims of child abuse in three provinces in South Africa. Psychology, Health and Medicine 22, Supl1:94-106.
Meinck, F, Cluver, L, Orkin, M, Kuo, C, Dhar Sharma, A, Hensels, I and Sherr, L (2017). Pathways from family disadvantage via harsh parenting and caregiver mental health distress to adolescent health risks in South Africa. Journal of Adolescent Health 60(1):57-64
Cluver, L, Meinck, F, Yakubovich, A, et al. (2016). Reducing child abuse amongst adolescents in low- and middle-income countries: A pre-post trial in South Africa. BMC Public Health 16:567.
Cluver, L, Orkin, M, Meinck, F, Boyes, M, Yakubovich A and Sherr, L. (2016) Can Social Protection improve Sustainable Development Goals for adolescent health? PLoS ONE 11(10):e0164808.
Meinck, F, Cluver, L, Boyes, M. and Loening, H (2016). Physical, emotional, and sexual abuse of children in South Africa: Incidence, prevalence, perpetrators, and locations. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 70(9):910-916.
Meinck, F, Cluver, L and Boyes, M. (2015). Household illness, disability, poverty and child abuse victimisation: Findings from South Africa's first prospective study. BMC Public Health 15(1):444.
Meinck, F, Cluver, L and Boyes, M. (2015). Longitudinal predictors of child sexual abuse in a large community-based sample of South African youth. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 32(18):2804-2836.
Meinck, F, Cluver, L, Boyes, M. and Mhlongo, E. (2014). Risk and Protective Factors for Physical and Sexual Child Abuse Victimization in Africa: A review and implications for practice. Trauma, Violence and Abuse 16(1):81-107.
Cluver, L, Hodes, R, Toska, E, Kidia, K, Sherr, L, Meinck, F and Orkin, M (2015). 'HIV is like a tsotsi. ARVs are your guns': Associations between HIV-disclosure and adherence to antiretroviral treatment among adolescents in South Africa. AIDS Suppl1:S57-65.