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ERIC Number: ED308966
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Radical Timing? A Sociocultural Comparison of Mature Mothers in America and Sweden.
Welles-Nystrom, Barbara
The experiences of pregnancy and the early months of motherhood in two samples of post baby-boom cohorts: American and Swedish women born between 1947-1952 were contrasted. Specific aims were to: (1) contrast the experience of pregnancy and the early months of motherhood; (2) explore the idea that the radicalization of both cultures in the late 1960's, particularly the women's movement, was in some way connected to the incidence of delayed parenthood; and (3) derive culturally salient and meaningful variables that impact on the psychological well-being of women in transition to motherhood. Expectant mothers were solicited by their midwives if they were healthy; had a normal, uncomplicated pregnancy; a single birth; and no previous pregnancy past the first trimester. Women were interviewed once in the last months of pregnancy and again 2 to 6 months after their babies were born. Semi-structured interviews were supplemented with a battery of precoded questionnaires and a standardized psychological inventory, The Karolinska Scales of Personality. Findings revealed that women in the two samples differed in reasons for planning the pregnancy, the experience of pregnancy, and the rituals surrounding the transition to motherhood. American women used amniocentesis during pregnancy and had considerably more physical and psychological symptoms, during the entire pregnancy, than did the Swedish women. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden