Parenting in the early years: effectiveness of parenting support programs for Indigenous families

Parenting in the early years: effectiveness of parenting support programs for Indigenous families Report

Resource Sheet

  • Author(s): Robyn Mildon, Melinda Polimeni
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare & Australian Institute of Family Studies
  • Volume: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

Abstract: Families play a critical role in their children’s development and learning. A large body of research provides strong evidence that parents and the home environment are the most influential forces in shaping children’s early learning. The responsiveness of parents to their children, and the manner in which parents talk with and teach their children are important determinants of children’s later wellbeing and development. Who fulfils the parenting role is far less important than the quality of the relationship she or he establishes with the child. For Indigenous communities, support for parents in their parenting role has a different context from non- Indigenous communities. The responsibility for child rearing and teaching children has traditionally been through an extended family, kin and community and is seen as very much still tied to this cultural norm, even when families and children face isolation from their own Indigenous communities. In this resource sheet, we examine what we know about programs for Australian Indigenous families that effectively support parenting in the early years. This is not a systematic review of all programs; instead, we present briefly on the evidence for parenting programs generally and then focus specifically on the evidence for such parenting programs in helping Indigenous families.

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Robyn Mildon, Melinda Polimeni, 2012, Parenting in the early years: effectiveness of parenting support programs for Indigenous families, Volume:Closing the Gap Clearinghouse, Report, viewed 13 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3447.

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