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ERIC Number: EJ965000
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1366-8250
Mothering Differently: Narratives of Mothers with Intellectual Disability Whose Children Have Been Compulsorily Removed
Mayes, Rachel; Llewellyn, Gwynnyth
Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, v37 n2 p121-130 Jun 2012
Background: Despite the frequency with which mothers with intellectual disability have their children removed, little theoretical or empirical work has understood the mothers' perspectives on this. A few studies have reported mothers' feelings of grief and loss and their sense of powerlessness in the child protection system. Method: This qualitative study explores the daily life narratives of 7 mothers with intellectual disability following the involuntarily removal of their children. Results: For most mothers, having a child removed was not a one-off experience. The serial nature of the experience yielded 3 different narratives, lived out in different ways. In some cases, women told a different narrative for each of their removed children. All women remained focused on their children in care. Conclusions: The multiple and varied narratives of mothers with intellectual disability who have children in care suggest that their support needs may differ from each other and over time. How their support needs might best be met remains an unanswered question. Further research is also needed to identify any adverse health and social consequences for mothers with children in care as well as the effects on their children. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia