Strengths of Australian Aboriginal cultural practices in family life and child rearing
This paper explores some of the characteristics of traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander1 cultural practices that contribute to effective family functioning, and how these practices can have positive effects on children and communities. The approach is to gather the views of Aboriginal families and compare these perspectives with supporting evidence drawn from the literature. The findings suggest that, provided the necessary social conditions are in place, culture can be a protective force for children, families and communities.
1 For this paper, "Aboriginal" refers to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities.
Shaun Lohoar is a Senior Research Officer at CFCA.
Nick Butera is Manager, Resources at the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care.
Edita Kennedy is an intern from Swinburne University.
The authors wish to acknowledge the valuable contributions of Kelleigh Ryan and Lisa Hillan at the Healing Foundation, and Kelly Hand, Rhys Price-Robertson and Elly Robinson at the Australian Institute of Family Studies.
The authors wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the country where we work: the Wurundjeri people. We also acknowledge their traditional neighbours, the Kulin nation, who formed part of a community bond that cared for this country for thousands of generations and still do today. We acknowledge their Elders both past and present who carry the traditions and knowledge today.