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Pasifika mums suffer psychological distress from housing problems

Monday, 9 October 2017

More than half of the nearly 1000 mothers interviewed for the AUT study reported a significant major housing problem such as cold homes, inadequate size and cost.

"It's unsurprising those who had poorer housing conditions tended to have poorer mental wellbeing. Overcrowding and also cold, damp housing is something that a lot of our families are experiencing," said Dr El-Shadan (Dan) Tautolo.

Twenty-seven per cent of the mothers reported living in houses too small for their needs and more than 25% of Pacific families live in households of more than seven people.

This housing research is a part of the wider Pacific Island Families longitudinal study which has followed 1300 Pasifika children and their mothers for the last 17 years.

"It's really important in terms of looking at changes and trends over time," Dr Tautolo said.