'In the Islands people don’t really talk about this stuff, so you go through life on your own': an arts-based study exploring intimate relationships with young people in Samoa

Heard, Emma, Fitzgerald, Lisa, Va'ai, Sina, Collins, Fiona, Whittaker, Maxine, and Mutch, Allyson (2019) 'In the Islands people don’t really talk about this stuff, so you go through life on your own': an arts-based study exploring intimate relationships with young people in Samoa. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 21 (5). pp. 526-542.

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Abstract

This study explores conceptualisations and understandings of intimate relationships with young people in Samoa – an at-risk group experiencing high rates of intimate partner violence and alienation from sexual and relationship health promotion. Insights contribute to the immediate need to advance knowledge and practice around prevention with this group. An arts-based approach, which included a two-day interactive drama workshop coupled with follow-up, peer-led focus groups, was used to explore perceptions and understandings related to intimate relationships with 15 tertiary educated young people (nine female and six male) from across Samoa. Intersectionality informed the data collection and thematic analysis, examining participants’ lived experiences and the ways multiple and intersecting identities interact within social and cultural systems to influence and inform these experiences. Outcomes highlight important tensions for young people, including the way in which age, gender, religion and sexuality interact with social hierarchies and power structures, socially prescribed gender norms, family structures and globalisation. This research provides insights that can inform the development of prevention strategies to address the root causes of intimate partner violence, building the knowledge and skills required for establishing intimate relationships free from violence with young people.

Item ID: 55787
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1464-5351
Keywords: intimate partner violence; prevention; young people; relationships; Samoa
Copyright Information: 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2018 04:30
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111715 Pacific Peoples Health @ 65%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160199 Anthropology not elsewhere classified @ 35%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Womens Health @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920599 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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