Research and Projects
Stop is always looking to innovate and be creative within our services and research provides the foundation for the development of our services and practice.
Partnerships and collaboration are an important part of continuing to develop our services culturally and developmentally.
Stop has strong links with tertiary training institutions and provides fieldwork placements and internships for social work and clinical psychology students.
In the past Stop has collaborated on research in areas relevant to the field including Family Therapy with adolescents and their families and a survey for adolescent females who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour.
Current projects and research
Prevention Education Pilot
Research shows that providing tamariki with early and appropriate intervention concerning sexual behaviour can prevent them from developing harmful sexual behaviours.
Stop is working alongside Te Rūnanga ō Arowhenua and Te Rūnanga ō Waihao on a pilot programme in Mid and South Canterbury.
Supporting educators to effectively manage incidents concerning sexualised play and behaviour and to reduce the likelihood of inappropriate behaviour escalating, the pilot involves over 60 ECEs and primary and intermediate schools.
The pilot promotes constructive kōrero, using Stop’s own resources within a classroom setting.
The pilot is being evaluated and we are looking forward to sharing the results later this year.
Stop has recently completed an important research project with Dr Paul Flannagan, Waikato University. The research reviewed the Tamariki Children's Service, providing feedback on its success and guidance on how we can further develop and enhance our service for children and their whānau. Click here for the results.
Adolescent & Children's Research
Research conducted by two Stop clinicians regarding interview techniques for children:
- Drawing Helps Children to Talk
- Valuing the Child’s Perspective
- Interviews with children re their mental health problems: The congruence and validity of information that children report
Sexual developmental histories of adolescents who engaged in harmful sexual behaviour
Whilst adult males commit the majority of childhood sexual abuse (CSA), there is increasing recognition that a substantial proportion of CSA is committed by male adolescents. September 2022, Tess Patterson et el
Executive Summary: Early Intervention 2011
Early Intervention and Prevention Programme: With Children who display concerning sexualised behaviour. Executive Summary of Report prepared for Ministry of Justice – January 2011 by WellStop and Stop
Getting it Right
An Evaluation of New Zealand Community Treatment Programmes for Adolescents who Sexually Offend. A Summary Report. Ministry of Social Development, Wellington. Lambie I, Geary J, Fortune C, Brown P and Wellergate
Female Sexual Offenders
Adolescent females who have engaged in sexually abusive behaviour: A survey for the STOP Adolescent Programme. Christchurch: Te Awatea Press. Evans, N., Cosgrove, P., Moth, B. & Hewitson, J. (2004)
Psychosocial and Clinical Characteristics of Girls (10-17 years) with Harmful Sexual Behaviours in New Zealand. Weedon, Victoria (2011)
Sexually Abusive Youth
A review of recidivism studies and methodological issues for future research. Clare-Ann Fortune, Ian Lambie
Adult Programme Related Publications
Community Solutions for the Community’s Problem: An Outcome Evaluation of Three New Zealand Community Child Sex Offender Treatment Programmes. Department of Corrections. Lambie, I., & Stewart, M. (2002)
Consumer Perspectives of NZ Treatment Programmes programmes for sexually abusive youth. Journal of Sexual Aggression 25 May 2010 Geary, Jan, Lambie, Ian and Seymour, Fred (2010)