What factors do Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students say affect their social and emotional wellbeing while at University?

PhD Thesis


Toombs, Maree. 2011. What factors do Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students say affect their social and emotional wellbeing while at University? PhD Thesis Doctor of Philosophy. University of Southern Queensland.
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What factors do Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students say affect their social and emotional wellbeing while at University?

TypePhD Thesis
Authors
AuthorToombs, Maree
SupervisorGorman, Don
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Qualification NameDoctor of Philosophy
Number of Pages286
Year2011
Abstract

In essence, the concept of social and emotional wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is very broad. The capacity to achieve good wellbeing rests largely with the individual's relationship with family and community and connection to land, as well as
spiritual and physical wellness (Australia. Department of Health and Ageing 2004). This relationship between social and emotional wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at university is an area not previously investigated at length.

One of the most critical factors associated with difference in educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students is attendance (Department of Employment Education and Workplace Relations 2008).

In tertiary settings, retention rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students have always been low. Historical factors including disconnection from family and kinship structures as well as poor health and low socio-economic status contribute to the complexities
accompanying Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students into university. These issues all impact on the social and emotional wellbeing of the student.

This research aims to explore what impacts universities have on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students' overall wellbeing. This will be done by examining how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students cope with studying at a university, what variables within the
individual's own life affect their ability to cope at university, whether gaps exist for students
at university in regards to their social and emotional wellbeing and what strategies could be implemented to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students?

KeywordsAboriginal students; Torres Strait Islander students; Indigenous students; university; tertiary; well being; wellbeing
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020450499. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing not elsewhere classified
390303. Higher education
450299. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education not elsewhere classified
Byline AffiliationsCentre for Australian Indigenous Knowledges
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