Moving Beyond Essentialism: Aboriginal Parental Perceptions of School Bullying and School Engagement

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Indigenous Children Growing Up Strong: A Longitudinal Study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families, 2017, pp. 153 - 178
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Bullying is increasingly recognised as a significant stressor for children and young people. Yet there are few studies of the nature and impact of bullying experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people. This chapter uses data from Waves 1 and 5 to investigate the perceptions of LSIC parents of bullying as experienced by their Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander child. These responses are then explored across contextual factors to understand more fully the nature and dimensions of bullying experienced in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Parental perceptions of the bullying are also associated with their perceptions of schoolsafety, their child’s confidence at school, and their sense of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity at school, and their desire to skip school.
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