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‘Not one size fits all’: understanding the social & emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children

Posted on: 13 February, 2013
Issue: Vol 13 No 1, January 2013 – March 2013
Related to Cultural ways Child protection Social and emotional wellbeing Infants and young children Social issues

Bamblett M, Frederico M, Harrison J, Jackson A, Lewis P (2012)
‘Not one size fits all’: understanding the social & emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children
Melbourne: Berry Street Childhood Institute

Aboriginal children are commonly subjected to inappropriate social and emotional wellbeing assessments and measures that fail to consider their culture, beliefs, connection to family, community and place, spirituality, and their individual experiences. The study described in this report sought to address this shortcoming by exploring culturally appropriate assessment approaches that depict with greater accuracy and sensitivity, the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children. A particular focus of this study was Aboriginal children who have experienced trauma through significant abuse and/or neglect. The study utilised an action research methodology and involved participation from Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal individuals and organisations. Nine key findings emerged from the study, and together with the recommendations, are discussed in detail in the final chapters of the report.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract