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Pacific Identities and Well-Being
Cross-Cultural Perspectives

ISBN 9780415534284
Published October 29, 2012 by Routledge
320 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Filling a significant gap in the cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary literature within the field of Pasifika (Polynesian) and Maori identities and mental health, this volume focuses on bridging mental health related research and practice within the indigenous communities of the South Pacific. Much of the content reflects both differences from and relationships with the dominant Western theories and practices so often unsuccessfully applied with these groups. The contributors represent both experienced researchers and practitioners and address topics such as research examining traditional and emerging Pasifika identities; contemporary research and practice in working with Pasifika youth and adolescents; culturally-appropriate approaches for working with Pasifika adults; and practices in supervision that have been developed by Maori and Pasifika practitioners. Chapters include practice scenarios, research reports, analyses of topical issues, and discussions about the appropriateness of applying Western theory in other cultural contexts. As Pasifika cultures are still primarily oral cultures, the works of several leading Maori and Pasifika poets that give voice to the changing identities and contemporary challenges within Pacific communities are also included.

Table of Contents

Part I: Identity  Webber, Adolescent Racial-Ethnic Identity: Behaviors, Perceptions, and Challenges in Urban Multiethnic School Contexts.  Mila, Not Another New Zealand-Born Identity Crisis: Well-Being and the Politics of Belonging.  Agee, Culbertson, Sowing the Seeds: Parents’ and Grandparents’ Influences in the Identity Development of ‘Afakasi Young People.  Pulu, This Lazy Native’s Quiting the Daytime Job. Going Home to the Village. Yeah, Right.  Part II: Therapeutic Practice  Piripi, Body, Tihei-wa Mauri Ora: Te Tipuranga.  Seiuli, The Meaalofa Therapeutic Approach in Counseling with Pacific Clients.  Taumoefolau, Respect, Solidarity, and Resilience in Pacific World-Views: A Counseling Perspective.  McRobie, Makasiale, On Values and Spirituality in Trauma Counseling.  Bowden, Cultural Counseling: Beyond Method and Modality.  Part III: Death & Dying  Havea, Death Roots: Musings of a Pacific Island Native.  Nikora, Awekotuku, Tangihanga: The Ultimate Form of Māori Cultural Expression—An Overview of a Research Program.  Nikora, McRae, Awekotuku, Hodgetts, Manaakitanga: Ethical Research with Māori who are Dying.  Part IV: Reflexive Practice  Lupe, Pacific Indigenous Well-Being: Wise Body, Singing Heart.  Waters, Crocket, Learning with a Pasifika Community.  Nabukavou, Taveta, Teaiwa, J., Teaiwa, T., Reflecting Back and Building on Fright or Light: Psychiatric Survivors and Contemporary Issues in Mental Health in Fiji.  Makasiale, The Whole Person and the Heart: Supervision the Pacific Way.  Strickson-Pua, Epilogue: Comic Belief: A Theology of Comedy…or Why Pacific People Laugh Loudly—A Cross-Cultural Conversation about Pacific Identities, Mental Health, and Well-Being.  Glossary of Maori Terms.  Glossary of Tongan Terms.

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Margaret Agee, PhD, leads the Counsellor Education Programme in the School of Counselling, Human Services, and Social Work at The University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Tracey McIntosh, PhD, is a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology at The University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Philip Culbertson, PhD, is an adjunct lecturer in Theology at The University of Auckland, New Zealand, and an adjunct lecturer in Philosophy at The College of the Desert, Palm Desert, California.

Cabrini ‘Ofa Makasiale, MA, is a Catholic sister who works in South Auckland-Manukau City as a counselor/psychotherapist, tutor, supervisor, and spiritual director.