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Thursday, June 18 • 5:15pm - 7:45pm
Stories Of Survival And Resilience From Aotearoa: A Qualitative Enquiry Into What Helps Māori Through Family/Whānau Violence.

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Stories of Survival and Resilience from Aotearoa: A Qualitative Enquiry Into What Helps Māori Through Family/Whānau Violence
Presenter: Anna Walters
Family violence is overrepresented amongst Māori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa/New Zealand, and as elsewhere has been found to have significant consequences for children. Extant research has been predominantly deficit-focused. The current project focused on protective factors and resilience. This was investigated through the use of qualitative methods, situated within a framework of kaupapa Māori methodology (indigenous research theory and methods). Semi-structured interviews were conducted with professionals working with Māori and survivors of family violence. Thematic analysis of transcripts revealed several dominant themes including the importance of having at least one supportive adult who they could trust; most often a family member or teacher. A positive connection with their Māori identity and culture was also considered to contribute to resilience with wairua (spirituality) being particularly important. Resilience was also assisted by having an interest or skill in which they experienced success or engagement. Connection with peers and having positive role models were considered helpful. Therapeutic contributions to resilience included promotion of a sense of belonging, building hope for the future, and assisting the survivor to accept that the violence was not their fault. Implications for professionals working with Māori families are presented.


Anna Walters

Anna is of Māori descent (Ngāpuhi). She was employed by the Department of Corrections for over eight years in the probation services. She is currently in her final year of a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, undertaking an internship in a Māori child and adolescent mental health... Read More →

Thursday June 18, 2015 5:15pm - 7:45pm EDT
King's Gym Gymnasium, King's College

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