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Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander fathering discourses: what does the data tell us about educational involvement with their children?

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Prehn, J and Peacock, H, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander fathering discourses: what does the data tell us about educational involvement with their children?, Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 22, (3-4, September-December) pp. 1-10. ISSN 1440-5202 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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Abstract

Primary caregivers play an important role in the lives of Indigenous children. They help them to grow up strong and achieve educational success. The colonisation of Australia has resulted in a negative discourse portraying Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander men as drunks, low-achievers and poor fathers. This paper aims to challenge this stereotype by using data from the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children. A univariate and bivariate analysis is undertaken to examine Indigenous and non-Indigenous fathers and involvement in the lives and education of their children. Results show no significant difference between Indigenous and non-Indigenous fathers and that Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander fathers are positively engaged in their children’s education despite experiencing structural disadvantages. These findings challenge the discourse that Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander men are poor fathers. To help Indigenous children grow up strong, Indigenous fathers need support to overcome the negative effects of colonisation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Aboriginal children, Aboriginal fathers, parental engagement, education, Aboriginal men
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, society and community
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sociology
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community services
Objective Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Prehn, J (Mr Jacob Prehn)
UTAS Author:Peacock, H (Mr Huw Peacock)
ID Code:136372
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Social Work
Deposited On:2019-12-17
Last Modified:2021-03-08
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