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Improving Maori child health outcomes through father involvement

3 months
Approved budget:
Mr Anton Blank
Health issue:
Child and youth (healthy) development
Proposal type:
Ngā Kanohi Kitea Development Grant
Lay summary
The objective of this study is to contribute to generating an evidence base around Maori father involvement that will lead to improved health outcomes for tamariki. The types of questions that the proposed research may address include: What are the father involvement issues for Maori men from their own perspectives? What constitutes best practice in terms of effective interventions to support Maori father involvement? The research will take a kaupapa Maori approach and will inform interventions for whanau that will lead to enhanced father involvement, and thereby improved health outcomes for Maori children in areas of substantial ethnic disparity for Maori, including in mental, emotional, and social health and wellbeing. The study will be in an area where there is a lack of published research for Maori, and will be led and carried out by a Maori community organisation that is seeking to grow its Maori health research capacity.