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A review of community development initiatives for the prevention of self-harm behaviour amongst Pacific Youth in New Zealand

Year:
2013
Duration:
3 months
Approved budget:
$5,000.00
Researchers:
Ms Synthia Dash
Health issue:
Mental health (and sleep disorders)
Proposal type:
Pacific Health Summer Studentship
Lay summary
Recent research on suicide behaviour amongst Pacific Youth in New Zealand points to the need for community development approaches in the prevention of suicide attempts of self-harm amongst Pacific youth (Ministry of Health, 2010, Tiatia, 2003). Consequently, the objective of this review is to firstly identify the prevalence, risk and protective factors associated with self-harm behaviour amongst Pacific youth in New Zealand. Secondly, to identify the nature and role of previous and current community development initiatives for the prevention of self-harm behaviour amongst Pacific youth in New Zealand. In carrying out this review it will provide an overview of the scope of the problem for recent research an insight on the type and role of community development initiatives for this group, to inform the planning and development of future suicide prevention initiatives.