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Intergenerational communication as a strengths-based strategy for whanau ora

18 months
Approved budget:
Ms Mere Balzer
Health issue:
Wellbeing (autonomy self-determination)
Proposal type:
Ngā Kanohi Kitea Project Grant
Lay summary
The aim of this project is to understand the role, function and practice of intergenerational communication within whanau Maori in order to inform a strengths-based communication strategy which builds on the gains already made, and supports whanau ora. A qualitative case study approach, underpinned by a kaupapa Maori research framework is proposed. Ten whanau case studies will be undertaken throughout the Waikato/Ngati Maniapoto region. Each case study will involve a minimum of two interviews with key whanau members, and a whanau focus group. Analysis will involve an exploration of each case study, identification of key themes, followed by scrutiny across all 10 case studies to identify commonalities/differences. Evidence-based understandings of how intergenerational communication functions within whanau and the collation of a range of evidence-based whanau case studies will provide a platform for the development of future strategies that can assist in increasing in whanau wellbeing and resilience.