Bonding and bridging : transition to school and social capital formation among a community of Indigenous Australian children

Thorpe, Karen, Bell-Booth, Rachel, & Staton, Sally (2013) Bonding and bridging : transition to school and social capital formation among a community of Indigenous Australian children. Journal of Community Psychology, 41(7), pp. 827-843.

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This study reports on an intervention program designed to facilitate transition to school of a whole community of Indigenous Australian children who had previously not been attending. The children were from families displaced from their traditional lands and experienced on-going social marginalisation and transience. A social capital framework was employed to track change in the children’s social inclusion and family-school engagement for two years, from school entry. Sociometric measurement and interview techniques were applied to assess the children’s social connectedness and peer relationship quality. Using these data, analyses examined whether bonding within the group supported or inhibited formation of new social relationships. Although transience disrupted attendance, there was a group trend towards increased social inclusion with some evidence that group bonds supported bridging to new social relationships. Change in family-school engagement was tracked using multi-informant interviews. Limited engagement between school and families presented an on-going challenge to sustained educational engagement.

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ID Code: 67922
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Indigenous, Social Capital, Security, School Transition, Marginalised Communities, Transient Communities, Parent engagement, Peer relationships
DOI: 10.1002/jcop.21576
ISSN: 0090-4392
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Deposited On: 03 Mar 2014 00:50
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2017 22:30

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