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A measure for non-Aboriginal carers of Aboriginal children (PAPC) has also been designed to understand the level of knowledge and perception non-Aboriginal carers/parents have about their child’s Aboriginal identity and culture. The importance of transmission of identity from parent/carer to child is extremely important to bi-racial children and it is envisaged that the PAPC will provide some answers about what non-Aboriginal parents/carers know and do for about the Aboriginal identity of their child.
Surveys and interviews have been collected in 3 geographical settings in Western Australia: (1) Urban (Swan); (2) Rural (Kalgoorlie); and (3). Regional (Peel)
We have exceeded most of our targets. Over 500 participants have been involved in the project and these included Aboriginal children (8-12 years), youth (13-17 years) and adults (18+ years). Non-Aboriginal carers of Aboriginal children also participated in the IRISE project.
We are currently working with very young Aboriginal children aged 4-7 years to develop an IRISE inventory which is age specific.