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Academic research recognised at 2018 Emerald Literati Awards

Portsmouth academics have been recognised in the 2018 Emerald Literati Awards, which celebrate and reward outstanding contributions of authors and reviewers to scholarly research.

Professor Mark Button, Director of the Centre for Counter Fraud Studies, was selected by the editorial team as an Outstanding Paper for the article ‘Confronting the “fraud bottleneck”: private sanctions for fraud and their implications for justice’ published in the Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice. The co-authors on the paper were Alison Wakefield, David Shepherd and Chris Lewis.

The article exposed the huge fraud bottleneck in the UK where large numbers of frauds against organisations receive no attention from the police. The article showed that many organisations in response are using new innovative alternatives to the criminal justice system to secure justice. These include private prosecution, civil actions, regulatory measures and fraudster databases to name some.

You can read the article here.

Another study, published in the Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, examining mental health literacy and how it affects help-seeking behaviours and mental health outcomes in UK university students, was selected as Highly Commended.

The author’s of the paper were:

Paul Gorczynski, (Department of Sport and Exercise)
Wendy Sims-schouten, (School of Education and Continuing Studies)
Denise Hill, (Department of Sport and Exercise)
Janet Clare Wilson, (Department of Psychology)

The paper, entitled ‘Examining mental health literacy, help seeking behaviours, and mental health outcomes in UK university students’, found that mental health literacy is significantly correlated with help-seeking behaviour but not significantly correlated with distress or well-being. It concluded that strategies, such as anonymous online resources, should be designed to help UK university students become more knowledgeable about mental health and comfortable with seeking appropriate support.

The study is the first to examine multiple dimensions of mental health literacy in UK university students and compare it to help-seeking behaviour, distress and well-being.

The article can be seen here.


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