Not my family: Understanding the prevalence and impact of racism beyond individualistic experiences

Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews, Ruth Lovelock, Yin Paradies, Nida Denson, Corrinne Franklin, Naomi Priest

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A substantial amount of national and international research addresses the topic of racism but there remains a limited literature base as to how it may be experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This chapter uses LSIC data which explore parental perceptions of racism. Specific variables include the data captured by LSIC questions on parents’ interpersonal experiences of racism, their experiences of racism experienced within the family, and of their child being treated unfairly because of their Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background. These perceptions are then mapped across varying situational contexts (including varying levels of relative disadvantage and remoteness), and investigated for racism associations with socio, cultural, and emotional wellbeing (e.g., depression, health, and cultural engagement). The results suggest the negative impact of racism is not only concentrated on lower levels of mental and physical health of the parents, but this impact is not limited to direct individual experiences of racism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIndigenous children growing up strong
Subtitle of host publicationa longitudinal study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families
EditorsMaggie Walter, Karen L. Martin, Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9781137534354
ISBN (Print)9781137534347
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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