Teen Pregnancy & Baby Abandonment
In 2012, the Malaysian Government was very concern with increasing abandonment of babies – many of whom did not survive. Dr Brendan was commissioned as the Research Consultant Lead by University of Nottingham to develop measures to help the government evaluate the risk and protective factors contributing to this. Using behavioural design thinking, He created the research framework and logic model, and was successful in developing a quantitative measure that was administered to youth across the country. Following this, he worked on analyzing the large dataset, and produced a report that presented applied and constructive data to the government, and recommendations for what could work in addressing youth unprepared for sex, pregnancy, and children that create situations where babies are abandoned.
Ang, P.M., Gomez, B.J., Zaharom N. and Subramaniam G. (2012). Youth Pre-marital Sex & Baby Abandonment: Towards Prevention and Action in Higher Education (Findings from a nationwide study of youth across Malaysia). In Y.L. Koo, S. Munir and K. Sarjit, eds., Sustaining Higher Education Policy through Research, pp 123-134. UiTM Press.