Examination of birth mothers' experiences of children not in their care: implications for social work policy & practice

Webb, Natalija (2013) Examination of birth mothers' experiences of children not in their care: implications for social work policy & practice. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Drawing upon a literature review of 8 empirical articles, this dissertation discussed the experiences of birth mothers of children not in their care. The introductory chapter provided background information, statistics and the aim and objectives of the dissertation. The choice of the literature review was justified and the phenomenological approach in application to birth mothers’ experiences was discussed. Due to strict inclusion criteria snowballing proved to be the successful method of data collection.
    The findings on the experiences of birth mothers highlighted themes important for mothers. These were the emotional trauma of a child being taken from a mother’s care, post-event response, and a mother’s relationship with oneself and others. Through the prism of Thompson’s PCS Model, the researcher analysed the findings arguing that birth mothers felt marginalised and stigmatised by socially constructed norms and structural processes. This affected their self-esteem and relationships with others. Finally, the researcher provided a number of recommendations for social work policy and professional practice with birth parents.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2013 13:51
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:30
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/13655

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