Intergenerational Aspects of Trauma for Australian Aboriginal People

Part of the The Plenum Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


Australian Aboriginal peoples constitute a multitude of tribal and cultural groups. Their presence on the Australian continental land mass can be established as going back as far as 60,000 years, and they represent the oldest continuous, identified culture of people in the world today. They were generally a nomadic people, although with different communities and family occupying relatively defined areas of land, their tribal lands. These lands were identified through knowledge passed down in oral traditions. Particular understandings and “Law” were held by tribal elders, but the rich cultural heritage was for the most part understood and valued by all peoples. There were over 600 languages and groups.


Aboriginal People Parenting Skill Intergenerational Transmission Aboriginal Child Aboriginal Family 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Mental HealthNSW Health DepartmentNorth SydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Aboriginal Health Resource CooperativeStrawberry HillsAustralia
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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