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ERIC Number: EJ835119
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
Active Negotiation: Mothers with Intellectual Disabilities Creating Their Social Support Networks
Mayes, Rachel; Llewellyn, Gwynnyth; McConnell, David
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v21 n4 p341-350 Jul 2008
Background: The support networks of mothers with intellectual disabilities play an important role in caring for children. Understanding the support provided by the network is therefore vital in understanding the capacity of a mother to care for her child. Nevertheless, how these important networks came into existence is yet to be explored. Furthermore, the other functions support networks may serve are poorly understood, apart from assistance with child care. Materials and Methods: This paper reports some findings from a phenomenological study into becoming a mother for women with intellectual disabilities. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 17 expectant mothers with intellectual disabilities. One part of the phenomenon, "negotiating a support network for me and my baby" is described. Results: Expectant mothers strategically negotiated support networks prior to the baby's birth. They sought practical assistance for the tasks of mothering from those who acknowledged them as the most important person in their baby's life. Conclusions: The findings have implications for the practitioners engaged in supporting mothers and their children, particularly those who are a part of the lives of women with intellectual disabilities and their children due to a court order.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
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