Projects currently in progress

Griffith University School of Applied Psychology is conducting research into interpersonal relationship stress and coping to inform the design of mental health interventions for couples dealing with interpersonal conflict.

The survey can be completed here.

 

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Participants needed for research into interpersonal relationship stress and coping:

Griffith University School of Applied Psychology is conducting research into interpersonal relationship stress and coping to inform the design of mental health interventions for couples dealing with interpersonal conflict.

 

What are you being asked to do…

Participation in this research will involve completing a questionnaire relating to your thoughts and feelings about stress, experiences responding to interpersonal stressors, and how you cope with these experiences and any difficult emotions that may occur.

  • < 30min online survey
  • Voluntary participation
  • Responses de-identified
  • Withdraw at any time

Are you…

  • In a relationship
  • 20 - 35 years old
  • Cohabiting 2-5 years

Please note: Your partner can be outside this age range.

To view and complete the online survey please click here.

 

PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW HEALTHCARE APP FOR GAMBLERS

Project: Antecedents of mHealth App Adoption Intention

We need people who place a bet at least twice per week to participate in an online focus group session via Zoom. As part of a Flinders University student research project, we are developing a healthcare app for a gambling research project, and we want to hear your opinions. Sessions take 30-45 minutes and run October-December 2020.

If you have any questions about the project or wish to participate, please contact the researcher at [email protected] to schedule a time. The email address you use to contact us will be used for all communication, scheduling focus group sessions and providing your gift voucher. You can create an alias email address and name if this makes you more comfortable. Please review the accompanying information sheet and consent form or contact us for a copy. Participants will receive a $30 gift voucher for their time.

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RAQ is an agency partner on this research study being led by Central Queensland University, the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research and the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

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RAQ is an agency partner on this research study being led by Central Queensland University, the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research and the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

The aim of this study is to understand the nature of the relationship between gambling and domestic violence. It is funded by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety, and its findings will help to improve system responses to these issues.

The study's scope includes women’s experiences of DV linked to a male partner’s gambling, women’s experiences of DV linked to their own gambling, the role of gambling in a male partner’s financial abuse of women, the use of gambling venues as “safe spaces” for women experiencing DV, and experiences of male perpetrators of gambling-related DV against women.

The first phase of this study involved interviews with practitioners in DV, financial counselling, gambling help and other relevant allied services representatives (e.g. outreach, refuges) across Australia who have experience with clients of gambling-related DV and/or DV-related gambling. The second phase involved interviews with clients with lived experiences of gambling-related DV and/or DV-related gambling.

Data collection for this study has been completed. A paper has been submitted to the NRN.

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Relationships Australia Queensland, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Queensland and Australian National University, are trialling a new group program that aims to increase social connections among older people living in the community.

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Relationships Australia Queensland, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Queensland and Australian National University, are trialling a new group program that aims to increase social connections among older people living in the community.

This program, called Groups for Health and Wellbeing (G4H), is a 5-session program that runs over 2 months, and each session lasts for 1-2 hours. The focus of the program is to empower and assist participants to enhance their existing relationships and/or to build new meaningful connections. This research project is a pilot study focused on understanding the effectiveness of the G4H program for older adults, and so participants will be also invited to complete assessments both before and after the program, and a 3-month follow-up survey.

Some group sessions have been taking place at Chermside and Sunshine Coast. The plan for 2020 is that more group sessions will be delivered at these locations: Sunshine Coast, Chermside/Spring Hill and Morayfield. The sessions will be run by RAQ staff. This program is open to both existing RAQ clients and people from the communities. It is free of cost for people who meet the eligibility criteria and are willing to complete the research surveys to give us feedback on the program. Reimbursements for travelling to/from the group sessions, and for completing the research surveys will be provided.

This program is suited to people who:

  • are aged 55+, or 50+ for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • have some concerns about their social disconnections
  • have no major difficulties with their cognitive functioning or thinking abilities, or safety concerns

Because this program is mostly discussion-based, it is not suitable for people with major hearing impairments.

Please feel free to get in touch with Jelena Milic (who is the research officer managing this project) to find out more about this group program and research. Jelena welcomes enquiries either for yourself or for a family member, friend, or a client of yours. Her best contact hours are between 8am to 3pm. Her phone number is: 07 3423 6980. If you are unable to reach her on the phone, please kindly send her an email on [email protected] and she will aim to respond to your email at the earliest.

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This national study aims to measure the use and the outcomes of FDR in terms of reaching agreement in parenting and/or property disputes, maintaining positive arrangements over time, and the wellbeing of clients and their families.

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This national study aims to measure the use and the outcomes of FDR in terms of reaching agreement in parenting and/or property disputes, maintaining positive arrangements over time, and the wellbeing of clients and their families.

This information will be used to increase our understanding of client needs, and to improve our service.

This study was initiated by the RA National Research Network (NRN) and is conducted in collaboration with RA Victoria.

This study is longitudinal in design, and asks questions of FDR clients about issues for resolution, adjustment to separation, client well-being, child adjustment, co-parenting conflict and child exposure to conflict. It employs a mixed-method design with quantitative survey data being collected at three time points:

  • at intake
  • 3 months post-intake 
  • 12 months post-intake.

Semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with a sample of ~50 participants each at 3 months and 12 months follow-up. Nationally, over 1,700 participants have been recruited to this study.

RA Queensland is taking the lead on examining parent and child mediation outcomes, while RA Victoria is taking a lead on investigating the outcomes of property mediation.

Data analysis and writing of the results is currently underway.

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This study aims to test the effectiveness of Motivational Interviewing (MI) at the client’s first point of contact with the Gambling Help Service (GHS).

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This study aims to test the effectiveness of Motivational Interviewing (MI) at the client’s first point of contact with the Gambling Help Service (GHS).

This study is longitudinal in design, assessing the outcomes of the MI intervention on clients’ problem gambling, psychological distress, quality of life, and relationship, social and work functioning, alcohol and drug use, barriers to accessing the service and client satisfaction with the service. Participant data was collected at five time points:

  • at first call to the GHS
  • 1-2 weeks
  • 6-8 weeks
  • 6 months
  • 18 months after the client’s first call to the GHS

Participant recruitment for this study was completed through the GHS and data collection for the final time point is now finalised. Data analysis and writing of a paper for publication is currently underway.

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This study investigated clients’ experience when using RAQ services, either as new clients or existing clients.

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This study investigated clients’ experience when using RAQ services, either as new clients or existing clients.

A survey was administered to existing and potential clients (those who visited Relationship Australia’s website) examining several factors that potentially underlie clients’ engagement with the service and cessation of counselling.

These include problem severity, perception of stigma related to therapy, depression, anxiety, stress, mental illness, social support, various types of client motivation, client-therapist alliance, readiness for change and various types of barriers to treatment including personal stressors/obstacles and service-related barriers.

This research will assist in informing strategies to improve client retention and outcomes by addressing concurrent client-issues, which also warrants a practitioner’s attention and consideration when handling a client’s case.

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