Non-resident motherhood: managing a threatened identity

Kielty, Sandra G. (2007) Non-resident motherhood: managing a threatened identity. Child and Family Social Work, 13 (1). pp. 32-40. ISSN 1356-7500

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Drawing upon a narrative study investigating the personal experience of 20 non-resident mothers in the UK, the paper discusses how the atypical nature of their situation poses a potential threat to women's identity at both the personal and the social level. It is argued that more constructive adjustment is linked to women's ability to maintain a positive view of themselves as a ‘good’ mother in spite of their non-resident status and that providing opportunities for women to ‘tell their story’ may be helpful in this respect. In addition to the cathartic effect of openly sharing an atypical mothering experience and defending against negative social judgements, exploring narratives can open up space, creating opportunities for new meanings and possibilities to emerge.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: mid:8374 dc:ueastatus:post-print formatted dc:ueahesastaffidentifier:0311170000531
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Social Work and Psychology (former - to 2012)
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Social Work
Depositing User: Vishal Gautam
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2010 18:02
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2023 11:31
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2206.2007.00512.x

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