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Pacific male perspectives on the strengths and harms of digital wellbeing

Year:
2022
Duration:
36 months
Approved budget:
$404,444.00
Researchers:
Dr Edmond Fehoko
,
Associate Professor Jemaima Tiatia
,
Dr Simone Rodda
Health issue:
Addiction (alcohol/drugs/gambling/smoking)
Proposal type:
Pacific Health Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lay summary
Digital engagement is intertwined in Pacific families and communities. However, little is known about the strengths and harms of digital engagement, which in turn, impacts on health and wellbeing. This exploratory study titled 'ManaTo’a: Pacific male perspectives on the strengths and harms of digital wellbeing in New Zealand" seeks to explore Pacific male perspectives on the strengths and harm of digital wellbeing. Also, it is hoped that this project will shed light on the detrimental impacts of digital engagement on Pacific peoples in New Zealand. The aims of the proposed study are to document Pacific male experiences of digital harm and digital wellbeing in New Zealand and, further, to examine risk and protective factors, influences, and attitudes towards digital harm and wellbeing. Finally, it is also intended to explore and co-design strategies and support systems for Pacific peoples experiencing digital harm.