Postgraduates Study

The ITRU supports post-graduate students pursuing Masters and Doctoral degrees.

Current doctoral students include:

Alayne Hall


Proposed thesis title: Partner violence and attachments between Māori mothers and their children: A Kaupapa Māori approach.

Most victims of partner violence are women in their childbearing years, resulting in both long and short-term effects for the women and their children.  Little is understood about the task of mothering under the challenging and at times life threatening circumstances.  This Kaupapa Māori research examines Māori mother-child attachments and partner violence within the context of contemporary Māori whanau, hapu and iwi exploring systemic interactions.  Determining how partner violence shapes the mother child dyad and maternal parenting behaviours is essential to the development of interventions and strategies that will inform and support future health orientated choices within Māori families. 


Grace Wong

Family influences on Asian youth smoking in the context of culture and migration to New Zealand

Smoking among Asian people is an important issue since Asians constitute the fastest growing sub-population in New Zealand and tobacco use causes death and disease.  This mixed methods study investigates smoking and parenting about smoking among Asian parents and year seven and eight children in the Keeping Kids Smokefree study.  Determining how familial and cultural factors influence Asian people's health-related behaviours in the context of public health strategies will inform health promotion interventions developed to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with risky behaviours, such as smoking, in the Asian population.


Recent graduates include:

ros_lewisRosalind Lewis -Master of Health Science in Psychotherapy(Supervisor, Associate Professor Jane Koziol-McLain)

Rebuilding lives after intimate partner violence in Aotearoa:  Women's experience ten or more years after leaving. (December 2006)

The research is focused on women in Aotearoa naming and defining their  experiences ten or more years after leaving an intimate partner  violence relationship. The study affirms that challenges and legacies  from intimate partner violence continue to affect women  many years  after leaving the relationship. Despite this women work very hard to  rebuild their lives, care for their children and attain autonomy,  independence and control of their lives.

Extract: 'My heart was beaten. And its not the same kind of thing as somebody coming into your house and robbing you' (Emma).

Elaine Fyfe -Master of Health Science(Supervisor, Associate Professor Jane Koziol-McLain)

Sexual abuse prevelance and association with adverse labour and birth outcomes (2005)

AbstractIn the past decade there has been growing recognition that a sexual  abuse history may manifest during health care examinations. More  recently, awareness has been raised about a possible link between a  history of sexual abuse and traumatic labour and birth. It is  theoretically likely that the intimacy of labour and birth for women  with a history of sexual abuse may trigger post-traumatic stress  symptomatology.

In this cross sectional study, a survey method was used to establish  prevalence of sexual abuse and to measure obstetric outcomes, birth  experience and birth trauma in a cohort of women who have recently  given birth and to test whether there are associations between sexual  abuse and birth outcomes.

Janice Giles -Master of Health Science in Psychotherapy(Supervisor Helen Curreen)

Growing through adversity: Becoming women who live without partner abuse-a grounded theory study prevelance (2004)

AbstractAbuse of women by male partners is a significant social problem in  New Zealand. Ten participating women, whose experiences span more than  fifty years, provided interviews focused on their recovery from partner  abuse but including the broader context of their lives. Grounded Theory  methodology with a feminist perspective was applied in conjunction with  Grounded Theory methods.

The study identifies Growing Through Adversity as the basic  psychosocial process of recovery from an abusive relationship. Growing Through Adversity has three inter-related core categories: Finding a Path Beyond Abuse concerns experiencing abuse and finding safety;  Getting a Life is about interactions with the social world; and Becoming Myself involves personal growth and development.

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Sharon Burmeister -Master of Health Science(Supervisor, Associate Professor Jane Koziol-McLain)

  • Violence within a New Zealand district health board (2003)

AbstractThe purpose of this study was to document the nature and extent of  violent events reported within one New Zealand District Health Board  over a twelve month period.  A modified Haddon Maxtrix of Injury  Prevention was used to examine the pre-event, event and post-event of  violent events occurring in the healthcare setting.  Areas of  intervention that will assist in the prevention of future violent  events and reduction of harm in the healthcare setting are presented.

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Zabidah Putit- Master of Health Science(Supervisors, Dr Deb Spence and Helen Curreen)

  • Breaking the silence: Lived experience of abused women in Malaysia (2001)

AbstractThis phenomenological hermeneutic study explores the lived  experience of abused women in Malaysia.  It offers an interpretation of  the narratives of five women who have been abused by their male  partners.  Many women in Malaysia uphold the traditional view that  abuse should be a slient and taboo subject.  This threatens their  well-being and safety and affects their role and function as women,  wives and mothers.  It is essential that both the nursing profession  and society understand the existential impact of male partner abuse on  women in Malaysia so they can respond holistically to the health and  needs of these women.

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Vivienne Axon- Master of Health Science(Supervisors, Associate Professor Lynne Giddings and Brian McKenna)

  • The lived experience of Maori nurses caring for patients in seclusion wihin a New Zealand acute mental health unit (2001).

AbstractThis study sought to understand the everyday nursing experiences for  Maori nurses within the adult seclusion context in acute mental health  units in New Zealand.  The understanding of these experiences was  informed by interpretive phenomenology which drew on the notions of Max  van Manen, Martin Heidegger and Hans-Georg Gadamer.  This thesis argues  that the experience of Maori nurses working in the seclusion area is  unique within the nursing world.

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Jane Bebbington- Master of Health Science(Supervisor, Associate Professor Lynne Giddings)

  • How nurses manage triage decisions: A grounded theory study (2000)

AbstractThe purpose of this study was to inductively develop a conceptual  model about the process of how nurses manage triage.  Through the  processes of constant comparative analysis, coding and theoretical  sampling and the use of a 'causal paradigm model' (Strauss &  Corbin, 1990) a beginning conceptual model of triage decision making  was developed.  This model revealed that nurses triage decision-making  involved three phases; information gathering; formulation of the triage  diagnosis; and the triage decision.

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