Doing Indigenous Family
Even the limited Australian literature concludes that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples do not “do” family within normalised Euro-Australian parameters. There are subtle but important culturally informed differences in family structures, arrangements, practices and values. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families are more likely to be sole parent households, though they also often include another significant adult. Parents also hold specific views on what the most important values for their children to learn at home are. This chapter uses data from LSIC Waves 1–6 to map how factors of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family life manifest in the lives of the children of the LSIC households.
KeywordsTorres Strait Islander Relative Isolation Extend Family Member Parenting Efficacy Neighbourhood Problem
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