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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Farnsworth, Elizabeth Brooks
URN etd-08142006-110050
Title Reflexive conversations with bereaved mothers : a feminist and contextual perspective
Degree PhD
Department Family and Child Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Allen, Katherine R. Committee Chair
Arditti, Joyce A. Committee Member
Fu, Victoria R. Committee Member
Maxwell, Joseph W. Committee Member
Stremmel, Andrew J. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Mother and child
  • Infants Death Psychological aspects
  • Bereavement Psychological aspects
Date of Defense 1994-03-30
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Abstract

In this study, the experiences and perspectives of 10 bereaved mothers were investigated. The research was guided by a feminist and contextual perspective. A contextual theory of stress supports an examination of the perspectives of individuals in families regarding the impact of stressful circumstances. Individuals are assumed to be both active and responsive to the social system which includes individual, dyadic, familial, social, community, and cultural levels of analysis. A feminist perspective emphasizes reflexivity, collaboration, emotionality, and accessibility in the process of research and focuses attention to broader cultural ideologies which influence the lives of individuals. Women's lives carry with them the assumption of motherhood and the protection of children. When a young child dies, mothers find themselves in a marginalized social category

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