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Longitudinal Study: LSIC
Title: Aboriginal fathering discourses: what does the data tell us about educational involvement with their children?
Authors: Prehn, Jacob
Publication Date: 5-Jul-2019
Keywords: Aboriginal fathering
Postcolonial discourses
Strategic essentialism
Abstract: Primary caregivers play an important role in the lives of Indigenous children. They help them to grow up strong and achieve educational success. The colonisation of Australia has resulted in a negative discourse portraying Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander men as drunks, low-achievers and poor fathers. This paper aims to challenge this stereotype by using data from the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children. A univariate and bivariate analysis is undertaken to examine Indigenous and non-Indigenous fathers and involvement in the lives and education of their children. Results show no significant difference between Indigenous and non-Indigenous fathers and that Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander fathers are positively engaged in their children’s education despite experiencing structural disadvantages. These findings challenge the discourse that Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander men are poor fathers. To help Indigenous children grow up strong, Indigenous fathers need support to overcome the negative effects of colonisation.
Conference: AIATSIS National Indigenous Research Conference
Conference location: Brisbane
Research collection: Conference Papers
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