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The Impact of context and environment on substance use amongst Samoans in New Zealand

42 months
Approved budget:
Ms Helen Tanielu
Health issue:
Addiction (alcohol/drugs/gambling/smoking)
Proposal type:
Pacific Health PhD Scholarship
Lay summary
This proposed research is about substance use amongst Samoan youth living in New Zealand. It seeks to explore factors associated with substance use amongst Samoan youth aged from 16-24 and considers determinants of substance use, risk factors and health outcomes for Samoan youth in New Zealand. The role that environment and context has in relation to the state of substance use as well as Samoan knowledge, beliefs, attitudes and perceptions will be explored so as to get at an idea of what contributions the above issues have on substance use. A qualitative narrative and talanoa approach will be used and the main method will be interview. Participants will be recruited from drug and alcohol clinics, secondary schools, Pacific drug and alcohol clinicians and Samoan community persons. It is hoped that this proposed research about Samoan youth will make a contribution to knowledge about Pacific youth substance use.