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School of Health & Social Development
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Ms Babatsikos is a Lecturer in the area of Health Promotion Program Planning and Evaluation and teaches at the Masters Degree Level. Ms Babatsikos is currently completing a PhD on “Australian parents, child sexuality, and boundary setting: informing preventative approaches to child sexual abuse.” Her interests include the application of a public health prevention approach to child sexual abuse environmental determinants of health, and depression prevention in the elderly.
HSH 705 Health Promotion Program Planning and Evaluation
Ms Babatsikos is currently conducting qualitative research using Grounded Theory to understand parental knowledge, attitudes and behaviours as they relate to the emerging sexuality of their children, boundary setting, and reducing the risk of sexual abuse. This research is framed by a public health approach, which calls for primary prevention approaches to child sexual abuse prevention and also advocates for a multi-level approach to prevention, addressing individual, family, group, and community factors which affect the issue. This research is also informed by social work theory and practice in dealing with the issues of child sexual abuse, including treatment perspectives as well as theoretical foundations of social justice and empowerment. This research is being conducted at James Cook University (Cairns Campus) and is estimated to be completed by December 2010.
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