Adolescent mothers in care and their experience of motherhood and of their children

Douglas, Chantell (2013) Adolescent mothers in care and their experience of motherhood and of their children. D.Clin.Psych. thesis, Canterbury Christ Church University.

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Abstract

Adolescent mothers in care are a unique and complex group of mothers who have received little recognition in the existing literature. This study aimed to understand the psychological processes, linked to their experience as care leavers, which influence their everyday experiences and interactions with their child. Thirteen mothers were interviewed, who were teenagers when their child was born, and had been looked after within the UK care system. The data was analysed using grounded theory methodology. Nine major categories were co-constructed from participant narratives and a theoretical model developed. A number of internal and external processes were suggested to mediate the link between their past and present experience, and their relationship and interaction with their children. These internal processes reflected motherhood as facilitating a necessary bond to their child and creating opportunity to change; yet, also represented their fluctuating self-concept, emotional experiences and connections to their past. The external processes were experienced as destabilising, undermining their internal experiences and challenging their experiences and interactions with their child. Social support lessened but did not eradicate the impact of this. The findings are considered in relation to existing theory and research, and the clinical implications and directions for future research are outlined.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: adolescent mothers, care, care leavers, looked after, grounded theory
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0712 Developmental psychology > BF0724 Adolescence
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ0755.7 Parents. Parenthood > HQ0759 Motherhood
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV0697 Protection, assistance and relief > HV0701 Children
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Mrs Kathy Chaney
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2013 12:43
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2017 22:32
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/12340

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