Māori Men's Experiences of Rehabilitation in the Moana House Therapeutic Community in Aotearoa/New Zealand: A Qualitative Enquiry

In Aotearoa/New Zealand, culturally embedded rehabilitation programmes have been developed to reduce criminal offending among the indigenous Māori population. Currently, there is a lack of research investigating the experiences of these programmes from clients' perspectives. This study aimed to...

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Published in:International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology
Main Author: Ashdown, Jacob D. (Author)
Other Authors: Treharne, Gareth J. (Author); Neha, Tia
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
Published: [2019]
In:International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology
Year: 2019, Volume: 63, Issue: 5, Pages: 734-751
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Summary:In Aotearoa/New Zealand, culturally embedded rehabilitation programmes have been developed to reduce criminal offending among the indigenous Māori population. Currently, there is a lack of research investigating the experiences of these programmes from clients' perspectives. This study aimed to enhance understandings of the lived experiences of Māori men who were participating in a residential therapeutic community (TC) programme in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Semistructured interviews were conducted one-on-one by a psychology master's student who was a staff member at the TC and also of Māori descent. Seven Māori TC residents aged 22 to 48 were interviewed about life in a TC. Thematic analysis of the interview data yielded three themes: (a) "The importance of healing family relationships"; (b) "The relevance of Māori culture in rehabilitation"; (c) "Increased self-awareness." The findings highlight the significance of holistic approaches that emphasize culturally relevant approaches and the involvement of family members in the treatment of substance-use disorders and offending behaviour among indigenous populations.
ISSN:1552-6933
DOI:10.1177/0306624X18808675