Evaluating extant family paradigms: Pacific perspectives - a critical interpretative synthesis

Forrest, Lee-Ann N. (2019) Evaluating extant family paradigms: Pacific perspectives - a critical interpretative synthesis. [Thesis (PhD/Research)]

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Models that conceptualise family are widely used today in areas such as psychology, as well as by governments, legislators, and policy-makers to inform professional practice and to formulate public policy. However, these models are notably Western-centric, having been designed in, and for, a Western cultural context. Given the cultural diversity of today’s globalised world, it is timely to question whether such models can represent populations within their ambit. No known literature to date has attempted to evaluate whether the models can represent non-Western family perspectives. Hence, a critical interpretative synthesis was implemented to address this gap. The scope was confined to the Pacific region, with particular consideration given to the perspectives of the iTaukei (i.e., indigenous Fijians), Tongan, and Māori peoples. The research objectives aimed to identify extant models that elucidate family structure and family processes, and to investigate how well models perform from the perspective of these Pacific peoples. It was concluded that extant models are inadequate for representing Pacific family arrangements. This finding has important implications as it questions the reliability of previous data and may precipitate a reassessment of the value of such research. Moreover, it mandates the development of a culturally sensitive model. To this end, key family-related metaphors common among Pacific peoples have been incorporated to conceptualise one potential alternative. This is briefly presented. Several critical-issue implications of the current research are also offered. It is hoped that this study accomplished significant groundwork for future research. In that sense, this was groundbreaking work, with the potential to stimulate research in the quest for a model that is able to represent cultural diversity.


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Item Type: Thesis (PhD/Research)
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Master of Science (Research) thesis.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 -)
Supervisors: du Preez, Jan; Brownlow, Charlotte
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2020 02:00
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2021 02:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: family models, family paradigms, family processes, family structure, kinship systems, non-western family structure, Pacific families
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520599 Social and personality psychology not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.26192/492e-q927
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/39486

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