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Longitudinal Study: LSIC
Title: The link between Indigenous culture and wellbeing: Qualitative evidence for Australian Aboriginal peoples
Authors: Dockery, A.M. 
Colquhoun, S 
Institution: Centre for Labour Market Research
Publication Date: Jan-2012
Publisher: Centre for Labour Maket Research
Pages: 29
Keywords: Wellbeing
Indigenous Culture
Abstract: Evidence from both the international and Australian literature suggests that the wellbeing of Indigenous people is enhanced when they maintain their ‘traditional’ culture. This paper uses qualitative data made available from the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children to explore this relationship in the context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Specifically, responses to two open-ended questions “What is it about Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander culture that will help your child to grow up strong?” and “Apart from health and happiness, what do you want for your child?” are analysed using Leximancer, revealing a number of key themes from the responses. In relation to the first question, culture is the dominant theme, while the other themes to emerge appear to relate to cultural identity, cultural pride, understanding of culture and a sense of belonging. In relation to the question on what parents want for their children, seventeen themes emerged which we interpret as reflecting a balance of desires for success in mainstream society (including education and success) and in their traditional culture (being strong, to have a close relationship with their family, to be whoever their children want to be). The responses to these two questions highlight that Aboriginal parents place great importance upon education, but also upon their child maintaining and learning about aspects of their culture for identity development, upon the positive experience of the traditional culture and the significance of support from the community to which they belong. These are seen as preconditions to the achievement of success through education.
ISBN: ISSN 1329 - 2676
Keywords: Children -- Outcomes; Culture -- Indigenous; Education and Training
Research collection: Reports and technical papers
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