Parenting Efficacy of Parents of Indigenous Children

The quality and stability of a child’s human relationships in the early years lay the foundation for a wide range of later developmental outcomes. In the early years, the most important relationships children have are with their parents. Strategies for supporting parents are recognised as an effective way to improve the health, well-being and development of children. Parenting is influenced by many factors, including the behaviour and characteristics of the child, the health and psychological well-being of the parent and the contextual influences of stress and support. Parenting difficulties are a major source of stress for parents, with parenting self-efficacy shown to be an important buffer against parenting stress.

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