Influencial Factors Moderating Academic Enjoyment/Motivation and Psychological Well-being for Maori University Students at Massey University

Gavala, Jhanitra R.; Flett, Ross
March 2005
New Zealand Journal of Psychology;Mar2005, Vol. 34 Issue 1, p52
Academic Journal
Perceptions of stress and discomfort in the university environment and the relation between these perceptions and academic enjoyment/motivation and psychological well-being were examined in a sample of 122 Maori psychology students at Massey University. The moderating effects of perceived control and cultural identity were also considered. Major findings were that: (a) individuals reporting high stress, more feelings of discomfort at university, and a lower sense of academic control, were significantly more likely to be experiencing a lowered sense of well-being, and reduced feelings of academic enjoyment and motivation: (b) under conditions where there is a high sense of academic control, those with a high sense of comfort with university report significantly higher well-being that those with low comfort: (c) there were no moderating effects of cultural identity. Providing a comfortable academic environment that students' perceive as culturally-congruent increases perceived psychological well-being and academic enjoyment and motivation.


Related Articles

  • Mauri - Rethinking Human Wellbeing. Pohatu, Taina Whakaatere // MAI Review;2011, Vol. 3, p1 

    Mauri holds a central place in informing Māori, how and why our lives take the forms they do. It imbues Māori thinking, knowledge, culture and language with a unique cultural heartbeat and rhythm. Angles to that heartbeat and rhythm are positioned by Māori applied principles...

  • CO-PRODUCTION IN A MÄ€ORI CONTEXT. McKenzie, Donna; Whiu, Te Atarangi; Matahaere-Atariki, Donna; Goldsmith, Keryn; Kōkiri, Te Puni // Social Policy Journal of New Zealand;May2008, Issue 33, p32 

    In June 2006 six iwi and Māori authorities were engaged by Te Puni Kōkiri to participate in a trial to develop an understanding of co-production (joint development of policy and service delivery to realise shared strategic outcomes) in a Māori context. Co-production reflects a new...

  • STRONG CULTURAL LIFE ENHANCES MAORI ELDERS WELLBEING.  // Nursing Review (1173-8014);FEB2012, Vol. 12 Issue 10, p32 

    The article reports on the higher quality of life of Octogenarian Maori in who are actively involved in their marae and cultural practices, according to findings of a study by researchers at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

  • Maori on the Rise.  // Language Magazine;May2014, Vol. 13 Issue 9, p17 

    The article reports that Statistics New Zealand's first survey on Maori wellbeing, Te Kupenga, found 32 percent of respondents in the category not very well, in terms of speaking the Maori language, an increase of about 10 percent from the 2001 statistics.

  • Te Ao o te Māori. Tumataroa, Phil // Te Karaka: The Ngai Tahu Magazine;Winter2005, Issue 27, p30 

    Assesses the lifestyles of contemporary Mãori people. Analysis of the source of income of residents of fishing village Moeraki in New Zealand; Changes in the lifestyles of Mãori people; Improvements in the social status of the group.

  • MOURI MATTERS. Penehira, Mera; Tuhiwai Smith, Linda; Green, Alison; Aspin, Clive // AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples;2011, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p177 

    The vision statement of Te Reo o Taranaki, "Tuku reo, tuku mouri: language, culture, crossing generations", embodies the essence of an understanding of mouri which goes beyond the simple dictionary translations of "life force" or "life essence". Indeed, there are numerous oral...

  • Improving health and combating inequality in the Bay of Plenty - Toi Ora.  // Public Sector;Dec2013, Vol. 36 Issue 4, p12 

    The article focuses the Toi Ora, a health initiative of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board of New Zealand which has won the 2013 IPANZ (Institute of Public Administration New Zealand) Gen-i Public Sector Excellence Award for Crown-Māori Relationships. It states that the Toi Ora focuses...

  • Recently Announced Sociology-related Research Funding.  // New Zealand Sociology;2014, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p236 

    The article presents information on several research projects related to sociology in New Zealand that have been funded during 2014. One project led by Andrew Sporle, from the University of Auckland, focuses on improving well-being and reducing death rates among Maori people in New Zealand. One...

  • Developing Mahi Oranga: A Culturally Responsive Measure of Māori Occupational Stress and Wellbeing. Stewart, Lisa; Gardner, Dianne // New Zealand Journal of Psychology;Sep2015, Vol. 44 Issue 2, p79 

    This research developed a culturally responsive measure of occupational stress for Māori staff called Mahi Oranga. With a focus on Māori working in the Aotearoa New Zealand Health sector, and following consultation with 13 Māori participants in the sector, the questionnaire was...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics