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Associate Professor Anita Gibbs

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Contact details

Room 6C17, Richardson Building
Tel +64 3 479 5677
Email anita.gibbs@otago.ac.nz

Anita trained as a social worker in the UK and worked in criminal justice, notably probation. She completed her PhD at the University of Bristol and after postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford she moved to Otago in 1999. She has taught numerous social work, sociology and criminology courses since with a particular interest in teaching in the area of families. Her research studies have included electronic monitoring, mental health, adoption, transcultural parenting, defining social work research, making social work accessible to sociologists, auto-ethnograhy, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and its impact on families, and the scholarship of publication. Anita is a registered social worker and facilitates a parent support group for families where FASD is an issue.

Teaching

I co-ordinate and teach:

CRIM 201: Crime, Justice and Society
SOCI 207: Families and Society
SOWK 511: Advanced Family Practice

Postgraduate supervision

  • Adoption
  • Fostering
  • FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder)
  • Qualitative Research
  • Social Work Research
  • Family Welfare and Policy
  • Hidden/Invisible Disabilities

Current and recent students

Penelope Kinney (PhD)

Transitions from hospital to community with a regional forensic service

Suzi Wereta (PhD)

Exploration of youth suicide among Māori

Harriet Toa (Honours)

Parental capacity of parents with intellectual disability

Angela Jackson (Honours)

Achieving permanence through Home for Life

Amanda Kennedy (Honours)

Promising Interventions for Mothers and Children with Maternal Problematic Substance Misuse

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Publications

Gibbs, A. (2018). Ethical issues when undertaking autoethnographic research with families. In R. Iphofen & M. Tolich (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of qualitative research ethics. (pp. 148-160). London, UK: SAGE.

Gibbs, A. (2018). An evidence-based training and support course for caregivers of children with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in New Zealand. Advances in Dual Diagnosis. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1108/ADD-10-2018-0013

Gibbs, A., Bagley, K., Badry, D., & Gollner, V. (2018). Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder: Effective helping responses from social workers. International Social Work. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0020872818804032

Gibbs, A. (2018). If only Teina Pora had a MedicAlert bracelet. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1473), 85-87. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Gibbs, A. (2018). Helping adopted and foster children develop positive cultural and racial identities in their forever families. Inter-Country Adoption New Zealand, (54), 8-12.

Authored Book - Research

Gibbs, A., & King, D. (2001). The electronic ball and chain? The development, operation and impact of home detention in New Zealand. Dunedin: Community and Family Studies, University of Otago, 122p.

Gibbs, A. (1998). Probation Partnerships: A Study of Roles, Relationships and Meanings. Probation Studies Unit, 7th Report. Oxford: Probation Studies Unit, 70p.

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Edited Book - Research

van Heugten, K., & Gibbs, A. (Eds.). (2015). Social work for sociologists: Theory and practice. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 193p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Gibbs, A. (2018). Ethical issues when undertaking autoethnographic research with families. In R. Iphofen & M. Tolich (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of qualitative research ethics. (pp. 148-160). London, UK: SAGE.

van Heugten, K., & Gibbs, A. (2015). Key values, ethics, and skills for working with people. In K. van Heugten & A. Gibbs (Eds.), Social work for sociologists: Theory and practice. (pp. 47). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Gibbs, A., & van Heugten, K. (2015). Key social work frameworks for sociologists. In K. van Heugten & A. Gibbs (Eds.), Social work for sociologists: Theory and practice. (pp. 27-46). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Gibbs, A., & van Heugten, K. (2015). Conclusion. In K. van Heugten & A. Gibbs (Eds.), Social work for sociologists: Theory and practice. (pp. 171). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Gibbs, A. (2015). Analyzing and solving social problems. In K. van Heugten & A. Gibbs (Eds.), Social work for sociologists: Theory and practice. (pp. 121-140). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Gibbs, A. (2015). Parenting adopted children from other cultures and supporting adoptive parents to meet the needs of adopted children. In N. V. Roman (Ed.), Parenting: Behaviors, cultural influences and impact on childhood health and well-being. (pp. 99-122). New York: Nova Science.

van Heugten, K., & Gibbs, A. (2015). Introduction. In K. van Heugten & A. Gibbs (Eds.), Social work for sociologists: Theory and practice. (pp. 1). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

van Heugten, K., & Gibbs, A. (2015). Overview of the historical and contextual development of sociology and social work. In K. van Heugten & A. Gibbs (Eds.), Social work for sociologists: Theory and practice. (pp. 9-26). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Gibbs, A. (2013). The needs of adopted and fostered children. In N. Higgins & C. Freeman (Eds.), Childhoods: Growing up in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 167-179). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Smith, R. G., & Gibbs, A. (2013). Extending the electronic net in Australia and New Zealand: Developments in electronic monitoring down-under. In M. Nellis, R. Bas, K. Beyens & D. Kaminski (Eds.), Electronically monitored punishment: International and critical perspectives. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Gibbs, A. (2012). Focus groups and group interviews. In J. Arthur, M. Waring, R. Coe & L. V. Hedges (Eds.), Research methods & methodologies in education. (pp. 186-192). London, UK: SAGE.

Gibbs, A. (2005). The paradigms, contexts and enduring conflicts of social work research. In Advances in sociology research, Volume 2. (pp. 135-164). New York: Nova Science.

Gibbs, A. (2000). Action research. In M. Davies (Ed.), The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Social Work. (pp. 2). Oxford: Blackwell.

Gibbs, A. (2000). New managerialism. In M. Davies (Ed.), The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Social Work. (pp. 229-231). Oxford: Blackwell.

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Chapter in Book - Other

Gibbs, A. (2017). Focus groups and group interviews. In R. Coe, M. Waring, L. V. Hedges & J. Arthur (Eds.), Research methodologies & methodologies in education. (2nd ed.) (pp. 190-196). London, UK: SAGE.

Dawson, J., Romans, S., Gibbs, A., & Ratter, N. (2005). Ambivalence about community treatment orders (Reprinted from International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 26, pp. 243-255). In J. Peay (Ed.), Seminal issues in mental health law. (pp. 409-421). Aldershot, England: Ashgate.

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Journal - Research Article

Gibbs, A. (2018). An evidence-based training and support course for caregivers of children with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in New Zealand. Advances in Dual Diagnosis. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1108/ADD-10-2018-0013

Gibbs, A., Bagley, K., Badry, D., & Gollner, V. (2018). Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder: Effective helping responses from social workers. International Social Work. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0020872818804032

Gibbs, A., & Sherwood, K. (2017). Putting Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) on the map in New Zealand: A review of health, social, political, justice and cultural developments. Psychiatry, Psychology & Law, 24(6), 825-842. doi: 10.1080/13218719.2017.1315784

Gibbs, A. (2017). Beyond colour-blindness: Enhancing cultural and racial identity for adopted and fostered children in cross-cultural and transracial families. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 29(4), 74-83.

Good, G. A., Hollis-English, A., Attwell, A., Dickson, A., Gibbs, A., Gordon, J., & Taylor, J. M. T. (2017). Social-model mothers: Disability, advocacy, and activism. Counterfutures, (4), 107-135. Retrieved from http://counterfutures.nz

Gibbs, A. (2016). Improving publication: Advice for busy higher education academics. International Journal for Academic Development, 21(3), 255-258. doi: 10.1080/1360144X.2015.1128436

Jackson, A., & Gibbs, A. (2016). New Zealand's Home for Life policy: Telling children they matter but only for three years. International Journal of Law, Policy & the Family, 30(3), 322-337. doi: 10.1093/lawfam/ebw007

Haenga-Collins, M., & Gibbs, A. (2015). 'Walking between worlds': The experiences of New Zealand Māori cross-cultural adoptees. Adoption & Fostering, 39(1), 62-75. doi: 10.1177/0308575914565082

Gibbs, A., & Stirling, B. (2013). ‘It’s about people and their environment’: Student social workers’ definitions of social work research. Social Work Education, 32(3), 317-330. doi: 10.1080/02615479.2012.658365

Gibbs, A. (2013). The power of one: Why auto-ethnography, solo service-user voice and reflective case study analysis are useful strategies for researching family-centred social work practice. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 25(4), 15-24.

Gibbs, A. (2013). What would a scholarship of publication look like? Higher Education Research & Development, 32(4), 687-689. doi: 10.1080/07294360.2013.803310

Gibbs, A., & Scherman, R. (2013). Pathways to parenting in New Zealand: issues in law, policy and practice. Kōtuitui, 8(1-2), 13-26. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2013.821077

Johnstone, J., & Gibbs, A. (2012). 'Love them to bits; spend time with them; have fun with them': New Zealand parents' views of building attachments with their newly adopted Russian children. Journal of Social Work, 12(3), 225-245. doi: 10.1177/1468017310381289

Gibbs, A. (2012). What do social work students think social work research is? Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 24(2), 19-26.

Gibbs, A. (2011). Going to the courts twice: A critical appraisal of the UK's policy of re-adoption for intercountry adoptions. Children & Society, 25(6), 482-488. doi: 10.1111/j.1099-0860.2011.00391.x

Gibbs, A. (2011). ‘Having to adopt children twice is not in the children's best interests’: A reflective case study analysis of intercountry adoption policy in the UK. Journal of Social Welfare & Family Law, 33(3), 267-277. doi: 10.1080/09649069.2011.626247

Gibbs, A., & Stirling, B. (2010). Reflections on designing and teaching a social work research course for distance and on-campus students. Social Work Education, 29(4), 441-449. doi: 10.1080/02615470902995552

Gibbs, A. (2010). Coping with compulsion: Women's views of being on a community treatment order. Australian Social Work, 63(2), 223-233. doi: 10.1080/03124070903265740

Gibbs, A. (2010). Parenting adopted children and supporting adoptive parents: Messages from research. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 22(2), 44-52.

Gibbs, A., McKenzie, M., & Dempster, C. (2007). 'It's a bonus, without it I wouldn't even have a visit': Parents' views of supervised contact centres in New Zealand. Practice, 19(4), 285-297.

Walker, S., Eketone, A., & Gibbs, A. (2006). An exploration of kaupapa Maori research, its principles, processes and applications. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 9(4), 331-344.

Mullen, R., Gibbs, A., & Dawson, J. (2006). Family perspective on community treatment orders: A New Zealand study. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 52(5), 469-478.

Mullen, R., Dawson, J., & Gibbs, A. (2006). Dilemmas for clinicians in use of Community Treatment Orders. International Journal of Law & Psychiatry, 29, 535-550.

Gibbs, A., Dawson, J., & Mullen, R. (2006). Community treatment orders for people with serious mental illness: A New Zealand study. British Journal of Social Work, 36, 1085-1100.

Cunningham, P., & Gibbs, A. (2005). At the margins: Victim contact work in the New Zealand probation service. British Journal of Community Justice, 3(2, Victims of Crime), 51-62.

Gibbs, A., Dawson, J., Ansley, C., & Mullen, R. (2005). How patients in New Zealand view community treatment orders. Journal of Mental Health, 14(4), 357-368.

Gibbs, A., Dawson, J., Forsyth, H., Mullen, R., & Te Oranga Tonu Tanga (Maori Mental Health Team). (2004). Maori experience of community treatment orders in Otago, New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 38, 830-835.

Romans, S., Dawson, J., Mullen, R., & Gibbs, A. (2004). How mental health clinicians view community treatment orders: A national New Zealand survey. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 38, 836-841.

Gibbs, A. (2004). A letter from New Zealand: Home detention - emerging issues after the first three years. Crime Prevention & Community Safety, 6(3), 57-64.

King, D., & Gibbs, A. (2003). Is home detention in New Zealand disadvantaging women and children? Probation Journal, 50(2), 115-126.

Gibbs, A., & King, D. (2003). Home detention with electronic monitoring: The New Zealand experience. Criminal Justice, 3(2), 199-211.

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