Growing up our way: the first year of life in remote Aboriginal Australia

Kruske, Sue, Belton, Suzanne, Wardaguga, Molly and Narjic, Concepta (2012) Growing up our way: the first year of life in remote Aboriginal Australia. Qualitative Health Research, 22 6: 777-787. doi:10.1177/1049732311432717

Author Kruske, Sue
Belton, Suzanne
Wardaguga, Molly
Narjic, Concepta
Title Growing up our way: the first year of life in remote Aboriginal Australia
Journal name Qualitative Health Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1049-7323
Publication date 2012-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1049732311432717
Open Access Status
Volume 22
Issue 6
Start page 777
End page 787
Total pages 11
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage
Language eng
Abstract In this study, we attempted to explore the experiences and beliefs of Aboriginal families as they cared for their children in the first year of life. We collected family stories concerning child rearing, development, behavior, health, and well-being between each infant’s birth and first birthday. We found significant differences in parenting behaviors and child-rearing practices between Aboriginal groups and mainstream Australians. Aboriginal parents perceived their children to be autonomous individuals with responsibilities toward a large family group. The children were active agents in determining their own needs, highly prized, and included in all aspects of community life. Concurrent with poverty, neocolonialism, and medical hegemony, child-led parenting styles hamper the effectiveness of health services. Hence, until the planners of Australia’s health systems better understand Aboriginal knowledge systems and incorporate them into their planning, we can continue to expect the failure of government and health services among Aboriginal communities.
Keyword Aboriginal people
Children, growth and development
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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