The path to eldership : Results from a contemporary Indigenous Australian community

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Eades, Owen, Toombs, Maree R., Cinelli, Renata, Easton, Caitlin, Hampton, Ron, Nicholson, Geoffrey C., McCabe, Marita P. and Busija, Lucy. (2021). The path to eldership : Results from a contemporary Indigenous Australian community. Gerontologist. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnab062
AuthorsEades, Owen, Toombs, Maree R., Cinelli, Renata, Easton, Caitlin, Hampton, Ron, Nicholson, Geoffrey C., McCabe, Marita P. and Busija, Lucy
Abstract

Background and Objectives
Traditionally, Elders have held a unique social position within Indigenous Australian communities. This study aimed to identify the characteristics of Indigenous Elders that distinguish them from other people in their community.

Research Design and Methods
Using a community-based participatory research approach, the study was conducted in a regional Indigenous community in Southeast Queensland. The design and data collection methods were informed through a community forum, known as a “Yarning Circle.” One-on-one semistructured interviews and focus groups with community members were carried out by Indigenous researchers. Data were analyzed in NVivo software, using thematic analysis (TA), with themes derived directly from data.

Results
Fifty individuals participated in the study. The participants’ median age was 45 years (range 18–76 years) and 31 (62%) were female. TA identified 3 overarching themes related to Elders’ attributes: (a) distinguishing characteristics of Elders (subthemes of respect, leadership, reciprocity, life experience, approachability, connection to traditional culture, and transmitting knowledge through generations); (b) how one becomes an Elder (earnt eldership, permanency of eldership, mentors and role models, age); and (c) threats to Elders’ influence (intergenerational gap, community disconnect, and cultural trauma).

Discussion and Implications
Our results build a greater understanding of the contemporary role of Indigenous Australian Elders, which will inform the development of future interventions directed at strengthening Elders’ role in their communities.

Keywordscommunity-based participatory research; indigenous australians; qualitative study; role of aboriginal elders
Year2021
JournalGerontologist
PublisherOxford University Press
ISSN0016-9013
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnab062
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