Impact of a new culture

Waleed's children (left to right) Omar (6), Ala'a (11), Sana'a (5), Ro'aa (8) Photo: Garry Walsh
Waleed's children (left to right) Omar (6), Ala'a (11), Sana'a (5), Ro'aa (8) Photo: Garry Walsh. Source: Trocaire from Ireland (Waleed's children) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
  • Family relationships: The dynamics of family relationships are affected by changing perceptions of parenting roles, of the roles/responsibilities of children and of traditional cultural expectations of young people, which differ to those placed on children of mainstream Australian families.

  • Values and beliefs: Where, traditionally, the source of values and beliefs for Arabic speaking youth has been the family (both immediate and extended family) and religion, they now find themselves living in a secular society with many influences that shape their values and beliefs, including peers of different cultural backgrounds, school, the media, social media and other youth networks.  The youth are now navigating the definition of identity, values and beliefs across their traditional sources and their newfound sources in Australian culture.