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released: 30 Jan 2009 author: AIHW

Measuring the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples provides a picture of the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous Australians using data from the 2004-05 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS) and a range of administrative datasets. The report also assesses the interim module that was developed to measure social and emotional wellbeing used in the 2004-05 NATSIHS, and makes a number of recommendations to improve measures of social and emotional well-being.This report is a useful resource for policy makers, administrators of programs and researchers with an interest in issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

ISBN 978 1 74024 872 3; Cat. no. IHW 24; $33.00

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Half title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Acronyms
    • Symbols used
    • Summary 
      • Defining and measuring social and emotional wellbeing
      • The social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous Australians
      • Improving measures of social and emotional wellbeing
  • Body section
    1. Introduction
      1. What is social and emotional wellbeing?
      2. Development of the interim social and emotional wellbeing module
    2. Data on the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous Australians
      1. Psychological distress
      2. Impact of psychological distress
      3. Positive wellbeing
      4. Anger
      5. Life stressors
      6. Discrimination
      7. Cultural identification
      8. Removal from natural family
    3. Internal validation of the interim social and emotional wellbeing module
      1. Validating the domains against each other
      2. Validating the domains against other variables
    4. Findings from other data sources
      1. National Hospital Morbidity Database
      2. National Community Mental Health Care Database
      3. Supported Accommodation Assistance Program National Data Collection
      4. Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement National Minimum Data Set
      5. Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health Survey
      6. Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey
    5. Stakeholder workshop on the interim module
      1. Assessment of the eight domains of the interim module
      2. Additional areas to explore
      3. Other outcomes of the workshop
    6. Conclusions and recommendations
      1. Overall assessment of the eight domains
      2. Recommendations
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      1. Social and emotional wellbeing module - additional information
        • Kessler Psychological Distress Scale
      2. Administrative data and other surveys - additional information
        • National Hospital Morbidity Database
        • National Community Mental Health Care Database
        • Supported Accommodation Assistance Program National Data Collection
        • Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement National Minimum Data Set
        • Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health Survey
      3. Technical notes
        • Data analysis and presentation
      4. Chapter 2 detailed tables and confidence intervals
      5. Chapter 3 detailed tables and confidence intervals
      6. Chapter 4 detailed tables and confidence intervals
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • References

Notes and corrections

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  1. Appendixes D-F were not available as part of the printed copy. (30 January 2009)

Recommended citation

AIHW 2009. Measuring the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Cat. no. IHW 24. Canberra: AIHW.