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Type: Journal article
Title: The construction of Aboriginal identity in people separated from their families, communities and culture: pieces of a jigsaw
Author: Clark, Y.
Citation: Australian Psychologist, 2000; 35(2):150-157
Publisher: Australian Psychological Society
Issue Date: 2000
ISSN: 1742-9544
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Responsibility: 
Yvonne Clark
Abstract: Aboriginal history since colonisation has been largely shaped by government policies. The most striking and destructive historical policies directed at Aboriginal people concerned those that advocated the removal of Aboriginal children from their parents and their placement in white foster homes or institutions. This paper reports on interviews with seven Indigenous participants who had been removed from their families and communities early in childhood. The most dramatic psychological impact on those who had been separated from their families and communities was on the development of social identity. Identity was confusing for most participants in this study, particularly during their early socialisation and development. A qualitative analysis of the interviews identified four major themes around which identity was discussed. These were discovering being Aboriginal, deception, affirmation of identity, and multiple identities. Despite their social dislocation from their families and communities, all the participants in the research have sought out, recovered, and/or maintained their Aboriginal identity in various ways.
Rights: © 2000 Australian Psychological Society
RMID: 0030047651
DOI: 10.1080/00050060008260337
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