Francois Steyn

Francois Steyn
University of Pretoria | UP · Department of Social Work and Criminology

PhD

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Introduction
MSocSc (cum laude) and PhD in Criminology (UFS). From 1997 to 2009 I worked as researcher at and, for two years, was the acting director of CHSR&D (UFS). I currently work as associate professor in Criminology at UP. I have (co-)authored approximately 60 publications and delivered 20 conference papers. Postgraduate supervision amounts to nearly 30 students. My teaching and research interests revolve around theory, research methods, and the well-being of vulnerable populations. I continue to build on my research experience with government and civil society initiatives in the domains of at-risk children, young adults and women, especially insofar as evidence practice and developmental responses are concerned.
Additional affiliations
August 2009 - May 2016
University of Pretoria
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
August 2009 - present
University of Pretoria
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • I lecture Criminology Theory and Research Methodology, and facilitate the research reports of BA Hons students. In addition, I supervise several master's and doctoral students.
August 2009 - present
University of Pretoria
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • Associate professor in Criminology, lecturing Criminology Theory and Research Methodology.
Education
January 1997 - May 2011
University of the Free State
Field of study
  • Criminology

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Publications (113)
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Privileges of race and gender remain characteristic of the South African landscape despite the end of apartheid in 1994. Little is known in the country about race and gender (in)equalities in the production and dissemination of knowledge. This paper reports on the race and gender profile of authors who published in the Acta Criminologica: African J...
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In 2019, the murders of five homeless men in Pretoria drew attention to the vulnerability of people living on the street. Despite more than two decades of democracy, social injustices and inequality continue to characterise post-apartheid South Africa. In addition to rampant poverty burgeoning informal settlements and poor housing, homelessness for...
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Intimate partner violence is a global social and public health concern with multifaceted biopsychosocial, economic and legal repercussions. Depression, anxiety, and stress are high risk factors in the perpetration of partner abuse. Moreover, there is mounting evidence that an inverse relationship exists between religious commitment and crime or del...
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Adolescence is a phase characterised by self-discovery and physical, cognitive and sexual development. The current generation of adolescents are forging identities not only through traditional means, but also using the internet and social networking platforms. Adolescents are not exempt from being exposed to sexually explicit content online, or to...
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Child abuse often coexists with intimate partner violence. However, limited studies incorporate both phenomena in a single study. Moreover, the examination of female-on-male violence is an important development. Hence, an intrinsic case study of domestic violence is presented to provide insights regarding the nature and impact of female-perpetrated...
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Car guards form an integral part of South Africa's urban landscape. The phenomenon has its roots in the dual realities of unemployment and crime in the country, in particular vehicle-related offences. Car guarding commenced in Durban in the early 1990s when unemployed persons started looking after the vehicles of drivers in exchange for a donation,...
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Although still limited, inroads are being made in developing a body of knowledge about incarcerated female offenders in South Africa. We present key findings from a survey among this offender population with reference to their demographic characteristics, family background and criminal histories, as well as their uptake of rehabilitation initiative...
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This article presents the results of a comparative investigation into educators’ experiences of workplace violence in private and public secondary schools in Tshwane, Gauteng. Specific foci are experiences of, exposure to and perceptions of risk and safety, and policies and prevention strategies to combat workplace violence in school settings. A cr...
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This article focuses on levels of burnout as well as engagement experienced by fourth-year undergraduate social work students attending a South African university. By means of quantitative procedures, data were obtained from 43 final-year social work students who completed a self-administered questionnaire. Respondents presented with above-average...
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Adolescence, as a stage of life, initiates psychosocial and psychosexual changes in teenagers. Amid the (sometimes confusing) process of sexual development and maturation, many adolescents have access to cutting edge media technologies and could access or be exposed to content which is sexual in nature. Sexting refers to the sending, receiving and/...
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This article focuses on levels of burnout as well as engagement experienced by fourth-year undergraduate social work students attending a South African university. By means of quantitative procedures, data were obtained from 43 final-year social work students who completed a self-administered questionnaire. Respondents presented with above-average...
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The chapter describes the development of diversion in South Africa, current legislation and the type of diversion programmes offered to children in conflict with the law.
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Background: Methylphenidate hydrochloride (MPH) is used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The non-medical use of MPH by learners and students has been reported by numerous studies from abroad. The practice stems from beliefs about the benefits of MPH in achieving academic success. Little is known about the use of...
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Car guards form an integral part of South Africa’s urban landscape. This article reports on a survey of 144 car guards in Tshwane to identify the implications of their work for private security policy and practice. The profile of respondents reflects their low socio-economic status and marginalisation from the formal economy. The study found that s...
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In the past, victims of crime have profoundly been neglected. Not only were they to a large extent excluded from criminal justice procedure, but assistance and support services and programmes were scarce. The plight of victims to be recognised in the administration of justice resulted in the establishment of various support and empowerment programm...
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Victim-offender mediation is an expression of restorative justice. The wellbeing of victims of crime is a central feature of restorative justice services. The process of restorative mediation entails all parties, i.e. the victim, the offender, their families and members of the community, voluntarily participating in face-to-face dialogue, where tru...
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Clarence van Buuren: die man agter die donkerbril.Chris Marnewick. Pretoria: Protea Boekhuis,2012. 528 pp. ISBN: 978-1-186919-506-9.
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In the absence of evidence regarding the impact of mentoring on child offenders in South Africa, this article explores the strengths and limitations of this approach in a local context. It investigates the theory and methods of mentoring, and presents a case study of the strategy as practised by the National Youth Development Outreach in Pretoria....
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This article describes the distribution and management of drugs and supplies in scaling up access to public sector antiretroviral treatment (ART) in a middle-income country. More specifically, a case study of the Free State Province of South Africa is presented focusing on: the mobilisation and training of pharmaceutical staff for ART, processes re...
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There are concerns as to whether South Africa's public health system has sufficient resources, human and otherwise, to ensure universal access to antiretroviral treatment (ART). We report on public sector implementation of the Comprehensive Care Management and Treatment (CCMT) programme in the Free State Province, South Africa, in particular whethe...
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In common with other developing countries, South Africa's public health system is characterised by human resource shortfalls. These are likely to be exacerbated by the escalating demand for HIV care and a large-scale antiretroviral therapy (ART) programme. Focusing on professional nurses, the main front-line providers of primary health care in Sout...
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Malaria poses a threat to the development and prosperity of severely affected communities, particularly those in Africa. Despite proof about the effectiveness of prevention, many communities continue to experience high incidences of the disease. An evidencebased participatory project was undertaken to develop a community-specifi c strategy for the...
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To assess the level of HIV-related knowledge, as well as high-risk behaviour and attitudes towards HIV, in a group of South African National Defence Force (SANDF) recruits. Cross-sectional study. Tempe military base in Bloemfontein. Three hundred and thirty-nine recruits from one company. HIV-related knowledge, attitudes and practices based on a se...