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Family Matters No. 59 - June 2001

Parenting in the Torres Strait Islands

Trevor Batrouney and Grace Soriano

Abstract

The Buai Sei Boey Wagel Project was part of the Australian Institute of Family Studies' Parenting-21 study that explored how parents were raising children who will live most of their lives in the twenty-first century. The authors report on this project which explored the practices of Torres Strait Islander parents in bringing up their children, and the beliefs, attitudes and values which underlie these practices. The importance of this study lies in the special place of Indigenous communities in Australia, the need to differentiate between Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, and the need to focus on the impact of socio economic changes on families and parenting.

The Buai Sei Boey Wagel Project was part of the Australian Institute of Family Studies' Parenting-21 study that explored how parents were raising children who will live most of their lives in the twenty-first century. The authors report on this project which explored the practices of Torres Strait Islander parents in bringing up their children, and the beliefs, attitudes and values which underlie these practices. The importance of this study lies in the special place of Indigenous communities in Australia, the need to differentiate between Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, and the need to focus on the impact of socio economic changes on families and parenting.

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