September 2014 | Research papers
Australian Institute of Family Studies
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.