Year: 2000 Source: Advanced Study Institute/McGill Summer Program in Social & Cultural Psychiatry, (2000: Montreal), p.69-80 SIEC No: 20011523

This paper describes research which examined the association between Australian Aboriginal children having been “taken away” (from their family of origin) & mental health & well-being in later life. A 3-year follow-up study of the mental health of a random sample of Aboriginal adults attending a general practitioner at an Aboriginal medical service found that one-third of the sample had been separated from their families under government assimilation policies. Those who had been separated differed markedly from other respondents on a range of study variables, including suicide attempts. (23 refs.)