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

Toombs, Maree (2011) What factors do Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students say affect their social and emotional wellbeing while at University? [Thesis (PhD/Research)] (Unpublished)

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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?


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Item Type: Thesis (PhD/Research)
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Doctor of Philosophy Health (PhD) thesis.
Depositing User: ePrints Administrator
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2011 05:21
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aboriginal students; Torres Strait Islander students; Indigenous students; university; tertiary; well being; wellbeing
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19644

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