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Title: Editorial: A strengths based approach to Australian Aboriginal childrearing practices is the answer to better outcomes in Aboriginal family and child health
Contributor(s): Geia, Lynore (author); Hayes, Barbara (author); Usher, Kim  (author)
Publication Date: 2011
DOI: 10.1016/j.colegn.2011.05.002
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/14816
Abstract: The issues facing families today are complex and multifaceted. Issues such as poverty, child maltreatment, substance use, and the stability of families all have an impact on the development of children (Lietz, Andereck, & Knopf, 2010). The issues for Australian Aboriginal families are compounded by the struggle to overcome the negative effects of the country's colonial past (Kulhánková, 2011), the traumas associated with the 'Stolen Generation' (Saggers, Walter, & Gray, 2011), and the fact that even this generation of Indigenous children is haunted by the legacy of the history of forceful removal of children from the homes of Indigenous families (Ewen & McCoy, 2011). However, little has actually been documented about Aboriginal childrearing practices, confirmed by health, government and non government representatives at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people's health and wellbeing conference held at Lennons in Brisbane, Qld on 26th to 27th May 2010, which makes it harder for non-Indigenous Australians to understand Aboriginal approaches to childrearing. There have been a few research studies (Von Sturmer, 1980, Hamilton, 1981 and Kearins, 1984) that have described Aboriginal childrearing practices; in addition to this are the contemporary works of professionals such as Aboriginal Professor Helen Milroy (UWA) in Aboriginal Child and Adolescent Health, Prof. Robyn Penman, who conducted the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children, along with various other Aboriginal community organisations that provide Aboriginal family services. These studies provide seminal sources to inform the development of Aboriginal family service delivery. However there appears to have been a period of disengagement in the process of bringing together Aboriginal community knowledge and research based knowledge to inform family support policy development and services by governments that are acceptable and accessible to Aboriginal families.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Collegian, 18(3), p. 99-100
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Place of Publication: Netherlands
ISSN: 1876-7575
1322-7696
Field of Research (FoR) 2008: 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920302 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health Status and Outcomes
920210 Nursing
HERDC Category Description: C4 Letter of Note
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