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Lynne Pere

Doctor of Philosophy, (Maori Studies)
Study Completed: 2006
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Oho Mauri: Cultural Identity, Wellbeing, and Tangata Wahi Ora/Motuhake

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Dr Pere investigated the experience of mental illness from the perspective of those affected most - consumers, specifically Tangata Whai Ora (Maori with experience of mental illness). She explored the importance of cultural identity for wellbeing, in order to test whether a secure cultural identity facilitated recovery. Two main conclusions emerged. First, a secure cultural identity will not necessarily protect against mental illness. However, cultural identity is an important factor in the mental health recovery process, and the recovery process itself can contribute to a secure cultural identity. Second, while a diagnosis is a valuable clinical tool, the clinical dimension is not necessarily perceived by Tangata Whai Ora as the most significant aid in a recovery journey. Personal meanings associated with mental phenomena often provide alternative understandings of mental illness and may be perceived as more significant aids in a journey towards recovery.

Professor Mason Durie
Dr Tanira Kingi
Dr M Crowe

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