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Lack of child-environment congruence in Cherbourg, Australia: obstacles to well-being in an Indigenous community

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posted on 01.01.2014, 00:00 authored by Angela KreutzAngela Kreutz
Australian Aboriginal children's environments have rarely been subjected to systematic, in-depth study. Focusing on children from the Aboriginal community of Cherbourg, located in South-East Queensland, Australia, this paper explores child-environment relationships from a transactional and child-environment congruence perspective. This approach considers how the sociophysical environment can display greater congruence with children's needs and requirements through better planning and design decisions. Several cross-cutting themes are identified in reference to those environmental features, patterns, and structures that frustrate, rather than facilitate, children's needs and desires. Four selected themes are discussed relating to issues of boredom, risk, lack of privacy, and lack of environmental control. Children's well-being and quality of life is dependent upon child-environment congruity.

History

Journal

Children, youth and environments

Volume

24

Issue

1

Pagination

53 - 81

Publisher

University of Cincinnati

Location

Cincinnati, Ohio

eISSN

1546-2250

Indigenous content

This research output may contain the names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. We apologise for any distress that may occur.

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2014, Children, Youth and Environments