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Whakapapa: An Interpretation of Indigenous theory for the postvention of suicide for whanau Maori experiencing whakamomori

1 month
Approved budget:
Pania Renati
Health issue:
Mental health (and sleep disorders)
Proposal type:
Māori Health PhD Scholarship
Lay summary
This research will examine Maori theories of time, ego and identity, which will be related to the phenomenon of whakamomori experienced by whanau Maori bereft by the suicide of a whanau member. Whakapapa is a repository of Maori theory. The research will apply Kaupapa Maori methodologies with particular attention to origin stories, purakau. The aim is to interpret Maori theory to aid postvention for whanau Maori. There is paucity in current discourse specific to culturally-appropriate responses to suicide and qualitative research on the experiences of whakamomori for whanau Maori bereaved by suicide.