Exploring the nature of intimate relationships: a Māori perspective

King, Pita, Young-Hauser, Amanda, Li, Wendy, Rua, Mohi, and Nikora, Linda Waimarie (2012) Exploring the nature of intimate relationships: a Māori perspective. Australian Community Psychologist, 24 (1). pp. 86-96.

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Abstract

The 2002 World Report on Violence states that violence occurs in about 70 percent of intimate relationships (Krug, Dahlberg, Mercy, Zwi, & Lozano, 2002). New Zealand research indicates that more than a quarter of relationships have experienced intimate partner violence (IPV), with Māori (Indigenous people of New Zealand) women three times more likely to experience IPV in their lifetime. Utilising Kaupapa Māori (Māori-centred approach) and narrative methodologies, this paper explores the nature of intimate relationships from a Māori perspective, investigating how Māori initiate intimate relationships, attempt to maintain positive intimate relationships and when applicable, exit intimate relationships. The findings from two case studies reveal that intimate relationships involve identity negotiation and an incorporation of cultural values. Communication processes are highlighted as a facilitating factor of intimate relationships.

Item ID: 21955
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Indigenous, intimate partner violence, Kaupapa Māori, identity, colonisation
ISSN: 1320-7741
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2012 02:57
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170108 Kaupapa Maori Psychology @ 60%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology @ 40%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920305 Maori Health - Health Status and Outcomes @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 50%
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