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dc.contributor.advisorFairbairn-Dunlop, Tagaloatele Peggy
dc.contributor.advisorKoziol-McLain, Jane
dc.contributor.authorSavaii, Koleta Penina
dc.date.accessioned2018-01-29T21:27:08Z
dc.date.available2018-01-29T21:27:08Z
dc.date.copyright2018
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10292/11142
dc.description.abstractHealthy youth relationships are central to Pacific youth wellbeing today. Healthy relationship patterns learned in the youth years are precursors for healthy adult relationships in later life. To explore Pacific youth understandings and expectations of healthy relationships, and how and where these were learnt, group and individual talanoa were carried out with Pacific youth in the Auckland region. The final study sample consisted of eleven females and six males who self-identified as Pacific (7 Niue, 9 Samoa, and 1 Tonga). These talanoa were guided by the Fonofale model of health and wellbeing, underpinned by the Pacific Worldview and Appreciative Inquiry. Data were analysed and interpreted both from an individual psychological perspective and a socio-cultural lens. Study findings indicate that this group of Pacific youth had their own words and concepts for making sense of youth relationships. These youths also understood healthy relationships as involving behaviours of respect, commitment, and sharing. Their understandings were grounded in the values and norms of their Pacific cultural ways which had been learned and nurtured within their families. At the same time, it was clear that the use and the increasing popularity of social media had added new ideas to the ways these youths were looking, thinking about, and experiencing relationships. In fact, a main study finding was that these youths were continually negotiating family and Pacific cultural boundaries, alongside the new roles and expectations introduced by social media, and current times and experiences. Notably, however, these youths appeared to give prominence and respect to the family-based cultural norms. This study contributes to the local and international literature on Pacific youth wellbeing, adolescent romantic relationships, and dating violence. This study emphasises the need for Pacific youth policies and programs to be grounded in Pacific youth experiences, and for these to be explored through a gender lens. Second, that research designs and methodologies must be open and aware of the multiple perspectives that participants bring to the research and the interplay of these on their experiences and expectations. Families are important to Pacific youth, and policies, programs, and interventions for Pacific youth need to consider these within the contexts of their families. In sum, healthy relationships are important to the wellbeing of Pacific youth in New Zealand today.en_NZ
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.publisherAuckland University of Technology
dc.subjectPacific youthen_NZ
dc.subjectAdolescent romantic relationshipsen_NZ
dc.subjectDating violenceen_NZ
dc.subjectIntimate partner violenceen_NZ
dc.subjectPacific worldviewen_NZ
dc.subjectAppreciative inquiryen_NZ
dc.subjectPacific youth relationshipsen_NZ
dc.subjectPacific youth intimate partner violenceen_NZ
dc.subjectFamily violenceen_NZ
dc.subjectLGBTQi relationshipsen_NZ
dc.subjectTalanoaen_NZ
dc.subjectFonofaleen_NZ
dc.subjectPacific youth wellbeingen_NZ
dc.subjectPacific wellbeingen_NZ
dc.subjectHealthy relationshipsen_NZ
dc.subjectUnhealthy relationshipsen_NZ
dc.subjectPacific youth romantic relationshipsen_NZ
dc.subjectPasifika youthen_NZ
dc.subjectAttachment theoryen_NZ
dc.subjectFeagaigaen_NZ
dc.subjectVaen_NZ
dc.subjectYouth relationships and social mediaen_NZ
dc.subjectSocial mediaen_NZ
dc.subjectOnline datingen_NZ
dc.subjectPeer influenceen_NZ
dc.subjectSamoaen_NZ
dc.subjectPacific youth educationen_NZ
dc.subjectCommunications in Pacific familiesen_NZ
dc.subjectPacific disciplineen_NZ
dc.subjectChurchen_NZ
dc.subjectPacific cultureen_NZ
dc.subjectSocio-culturalen_NZ
dc.subjectPacific youth perceptionsen_NZ
dc.subjectPacific youth identityen_NZ
dc.subjectPacific youth sexual healthen_NZ
dc.subjectFahuen_NZ
dc.subjectMalieen_NZ
dc.subjectAlofaen_NZ
dc.subjectFaaaloaloen_NZ
dc.subjectGendered rolesen_NZ
dc.titlePacific youth "romantic" relationships and wellbeingen_NZ
dc.typeThesisen_NZ
thesis.degree.grantorAuckland University of Technology
thesis.degree.levelMasters Theses
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Health Scienceen_NZ
dc.rights.accessrightsOpenAccess
dc.date.updated2018-01-28T06:40:35Z


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