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What influences social outcomes among offenders with personality disorder: A systematic review

Journal Article
Connell, C., Furtado, V., McKay, E. A., & Singh, S. P. (2018)
What influences social outcomes among offenders with personality disorder: A systematic review. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, https://doi.org/10.1002/cbm.2082
Background: Personality disorder is highly prevalent in offender populations and is associated with poor health, criminal justice and social outcomes. Research has been condu...

How effective are interventions to improve social outcomes among offenders with personality disorder: a systematic review

Journal Article
Connell, C., Furtado, V., McKay, E. A., & Singh, S. P. (2017)
How effective are interventions to improve social outcomes among offenders with personality disorder: a systematic review. BMC Psychiatry, 17(1), https://doi.org/10.1186/s12888-017-1536-3
Background: Offenders with personality disorder are supported by health, criminal justice, social care and third sector services. These services are tasked with reducing risk,...

A strategic review of the offsite construction sector in Scotland.

Report
Smith, S., Hairstans, R., Macdonald, R. & Sanna, F. (2012)
A strategic review of the offsite construction sector in Scotland. Edinburgh, Scotland: Scottish Government
The offsite construction sector covers a wide spectrum of companies and supply chains across Scotland. This study primarily involved a review of the offsite construction secto...

The embedded intelligence of smart cities: urban life, citizenship and community

Journal Article
Deakin, M., & Reid, A. (2017)
The embedded intelligence of smart cities: urban life, citizenship and community. International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age, 4(4), 62-74. https://doi.org/10.4018/IJPADA.2017100105
This paper reviews Mitchell’s thesis on the transition from the city of bits to e-topia. The review finds it wanting and suggests the problems encountered with the thesis rest...

A personal and historical investigation of the career trends of UK graduate nurses qualifying between 1970 and 1989

Journal Article
Ring, N. (2002)
A personal and historical investigation of the career trends of UK graduate nurses qualifying between 1970 and 1989. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 40(2), 199-209. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2648.2002.02362.x
A personal and historical investigation of the career trends of UK graduate nursesqualifying between 1970 and 1989 Aim. To explore from a personal and historical perspective k...

Protocol-developing meta-ethnography reporting guidelines (eMERGe).

Journal Article
France, E., Ring, N., Noyes, J., Maxwell, M., Jepson, R., Duncan, E., …Uny, I. (2015)
Protocol-developing meta-ethnography reporting guidelines (eMERGe). BMC Medical Research Methodology, 15(1), https://doi.org/10.1186/s12874-015-0068-0
Background: Designing and implementing high-quality health care services and interventions requires robustly synthesised evidence. Syntheses of qualitative research studies ca...

An exploration of strategic planning and stakeholder engagement for the development of heritage sites in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Thesis
Bruehlmann, C. A. An exploration of strategic planning and stakeholder engagement for the development of heritage sites in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. (Thesis)
Edinburgh Napier University. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/976366
This study determined how stakeholders of heritage attractions apply strategic management for their business planning and development. A conceptual framework for strategic her...

An Investigation into the nature of psychological resilience in junior athletes

Thesis
Fountain, H. E. An Investigation into the nature of psychological resilience in junior athletes. (Thesis)
Edinburgh Napier University. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/979005
Psychological resilience has been described as a multidimensional, context specific concept, and has been defined in numerous ways that attempt to encapsulate the process by w...

A qualitative exploration of the South African cricket development environment

Thesis
English, C. V. A qualitative exploration of the South African cricket development environment. (Thesis)
Edinburgh Napier University. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/978840
It may be argued that there are fewer sporting environments where politics and sport are so intertwined, however having undergone significant socio-political changes and devel...

Innovation in Limited Markets: Managing PCP Projects in the UK Defence Industry

Book
Gee, S., Weaver, M. W., & MacKerron, G. (2017)
Innovation in Limited Markets: Managing PCP Projects in the UK Defence Industry. In B. L. Moya, M. D. Storch de Gracia, & L. F. Mazadiego (Eds.), Case Study of Innovative Projects - Successful Real CasesInTech. doi:10.5772/67543
This chapter will outline guidelines developed to both support and enhance innovation within the context of procuring complex performance (PCP) contracts. Such contracts are c...

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A meta-analysis and controlled evaluation of short term pyschological intervention for acute mental health inpatients

2014 - 2018
There is evidence to suggest that psychological therapies for severe mental health ...
Charlotte Paterson | Director of Studies: Prof Thanos Karatzias | Second Supervisor: Dr Paul Hutton

Reframing Scottish football: towards a better understanding of the business of professional football in Scotland

2008 - 2016
Despite football being deeply entrenched in Scottish culture it is under-researched from...
Dr Stephen Robertson | Director of Studies: Prof Anne Munro | Second Supervisor: Prof Trevor Buck

The Influence of Islamic Religion on Corporate Social and Environment Disclosure

2004 - 2009
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Corporate Social Responsibility Disclosure (CSRD) have received much attention...
Zakaria Aribi | Director of Studies: Prof Simon Gao | Second Supervisor: Dr Jane Zhang

Optimising Timber Frame Construction

2002 - 2007
Timber platform frame has evolved as an efficient method of construction for domestic dwellings and is experiencing continual growth in the UK due to it lending its...
Prof Robert Hairstans | Director of Studies: Prof Abdy Kermani | Second Supervisor: Fouad Khalaf

A critique of the implementation of crime and intelligence computing in three British police forces 1976-1986

1998 - 2009
The study will examine the introduction of the computerisation of crime and intelligence re...
Alan Naylor | Director of Studies: Duncan Spiers | Second Supervisor: Lois Farquharson

Evaluating the long-term effectiveness of ALBA: An intervention designed to increase physical activity levels of people with mental and/or physical health conditions, leading to improved mental and physical health

2016 - date
Introduction: Physical activity (PA) is beneficial for improving both physical and mental health. However, people with mental health conditions are more likely to be inactive. In order to encourage adherence to PA, the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) developed the Active Living Becomes Achievable (ALBA) intervention, which aimed to help people with poor physical and/or mental health to increase and maintain their PA levels. The main aim of this thesis was to evaluate the effectiveness of the ALBA intervention at increasing PA levels, improving mental wellbeing, self-efficacy for exercise, self-esteem and patient activation. Method: A mixed method approach was adopted for evaluating the ALBA intervention, which formed the basis of four studies: Study 1: a formative investigation, in the form of a systematic review was conducted to assess the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioural interventions at increasing adherence to PA in mental health populations. Study 2: a qualitative process evaluation, using focus groups with participants. Barriers and facilitators to adhering to the intervention were identified using the Theoretical Domains Framework (TDF). Study 3: a qualitative process evaluation using focus groups with the Behaviour Change Practitioners (BCP) who delivered the ALBA intervention. Thematic analysis was used to identify themes, which were then mapped onto the TDF, to identify the barriers and facilitators to the implementation of the intervention. Study 4: A quantitative outcome evaluation, with a before and after design was carried out to assess the effectiveness of the intervention. Participants completed 5 outcome measures and wore an activity tracker for 16 weeks. Participants who opted into the long-term study were monitored for up to 12-months. Results: The outcome evaluation revealed that 53% of the participants adhered to the intervention, however, the intervention did not appear to increase adherence to PA guidelines. The ALBA intervention had a significant positive impact on mental wellbeing, patient activation and self-efficacy, but not self-esteem. The qualitative evaluation suggested the intervention helped participants overcome the barriers they faced which prevented them from becoming active. There was a particular focus on role the BCP’s played in encouraging engagement in PA. The barriers to the delivery faced by the BCP’s mainly related to organisational and contextual factors. Conclusions: The ALBA intervention was effective at improving mental wellbeing but did not have a significant effect on PA levels. This suggests that the additional support offered through the ALBA intervention was key to improving wellbeing and encouraging PA in mental health population should be considered in a wider context of recovery.
Nicola Peddie | Director of Studies: Dr Tony Westbury | Second Supervisor: Prof Austyn Snowden

Hardware architectures for infrared pedestrian detection and tracking systems

2007 - 2013
Infrared pedestrian detection systems struggle with real-time processing performance. Known solutions are limited to either...
Robert Walczyk | Director of Studies: Dr David Binnie | Second Supervisor: Alistair Armitage