Sense of Connectedness and Empowerment: Story-Telling and its Therapeutic Effect on Polynesian Women

By Karin Menon and Tafa Mulitalo.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

For more than 3000 years, Pacific Island women have drawn their strength and well-being from their oratory skills while working in groups.

Keywords: Polynesian Women - New Zealand, Storytelling

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp.17-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 986.690KB).

Karin Menon

Karin is lecturing and completing her PhD Psychology at Massey (migration, cultural diversity, identity), researching Western psychology in multi-cultural context, gender, and adjustment skills, and co-jointly writing articles with Tafa.

Mr Tafa Mulitalo

Tafa is the youngest of eleven children born in Samoa. He completed his BA Hons in political studies at Victoria University and worked for the District Court, and The States Services Commission, the Justice Department in Wellington. In Auckland, Tafa worked as a probation officer, completed his Masters degree in Social Work, and lectures at Massey University. Tafa’s PhD studies center around the impact of crime on victims, families, and children. Tafa participated in Massey University’s research team on crime profiling for Safer Auckland city, which has been published as a report. Tafa is a book author as well. He has extensive knowledge on Polynesian rituals, beliefs, and approaches to Social Work.


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