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Association between Maori cultural identity and health

18 months
Approved budget:
Mrs Teresa Kirkwood
Health issue:
Wellbeing (autonomy self-determination)
Proposal type:
Ngā Kanohi Kitea Project Grant
Lay summary
Existing research confirms the negative effects of colonisation on Maori health. The literature suggests that there is a positive association between cultural identity and health. Unfortunately, there is not very much empirical evidence clarifying how this operates for individuals; therefore, the objective of this research project is to develop understanding of that. Within a kaupapa Maori methodology, two methods would be used. First, all members of the hapu would be invited to participate in a short, quantitative survey. These results would be used to purposively select a small number for the more in-depth qualitative second stage, exploring the connection between cultural identity, practices and health. We anticipate that the outcomes would be relevant to Tamaoho specifically and to Maori generally in developing strategies that we can use to enhance our own health, which has the attraction of being an area in which we have at least some agency.