Indigenous Sistergirls’ Experiences of Family and Community

Damien Riggs, Kate Toone

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    While increasing attention has been paid to the experiences of Indigenous sistergirls over the past decade there still remains a dearth of empirical research on the experiences of this diverse population of Indigenous people. This paper seeks to add to the small body of existing literature by reporting on a thematic analysis of existing media in which 18 sistergirls shared their experiences of family and community. The thematic analysis identified two themes within each of these topics. Specifically, when talking about family, both familial acceptance and rejection were salient themes. When talking about community, both the traditional role of sistergirls in their communities and negative responses from communities were salient themes. The paper concludes by suggesting that increased knowledge about the lives of sistergirls may assist social workers in supporting sistergirls both in their own outreach endeavours, and in providing more culturally competent services.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)229-240
    Number of pages12
    JournalAustralian Social Work
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


    • Community
    • Family
    • Indigenous
    • Sistergirls
    • Wellbeing


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