Title

An Exploration of Mothering Experiences

Presenter Information

Sandee Dunbar
Elysa Roberts

Start Time

31-10-2004 8:30 AM

End Time

31-10-2004 10:00 AM

Abstract

Much of the research on mothering in the occupational therapy literature has focused on mothers of children with disabilities (Kellegrew, 2000; Segal, 2000). These articles provide insight into the experiences of mothers whose roles were impacted by rearing a child with special needs. Although this type of knowledge is beneficial for occupational therapists, it is also necessary to explore perceptions of mothering experiences unrelated to disability (Francis-Connolly, 1998). More recent literature has expanded our awareness of various mothering considerations in populations that are not impacted by disease or disability (Esdaile & Olson, 2004).

Mothering is a complex and dynamic collection of occupations worthy of consideration by occupational scientists and occupational therapists. With an increased awareness of mothers‚ perceptions and activities related to mothering occupations, occupational scientists can contribute to the body of knowledge that influences intervention in occupational therapy.

This session will focus on the results of an exploratory qualitatiive pilot study. The authors sought to answer the following question in this exploratory study. What are mothers‚ perceptions of the occupational experience of mothering? The purpose of the study was to gain a better understanding of personal impressions regarding the mothering experience. This was done through a series of semi-structured focus groups. Emergent themes and applications to occupational therapy will be shared, followed by a short discussion period.

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Oct 31st, 8:30 AM Oct 31st, 10:00 AM

An Exploration of Mothering Experiences

Much of the research on mothering in the occupational therapy literature has focused on mothers of children with disabilities (Kellegrew, 2000; Segal, 2000). These articles provide insight into the experiences of mothers whose roles were impacted by rearing a child with special needs. Although this type of knowledge is beneficial for occupational therapists, it is also necessary to explore perceptions of mothering experiences unrelated to disability (Francis-Connolly, 1998). More recent literature has expanded our awareness of various mothering considerations in populations that are not impacted by disease or disability (Esdaile & Olson, 2004).

Mothering is a complex and dynamic collection of occupations worthy of consideration by occupational scientists and occupational therapists. With an increased awareness of mothers‚ perceptions and activities related to mothering occupations, occupational scientists can contribute to the body of knowledge that influences intervention in occupational therapy.

This session will focus on the results of an exploratory qualitatiive pilot study. The authors sought to answer the following question in this exploratory study. What are mothers‚ perceptions of the occupational experience of mothering? The purpose of the study was to gain a better understanding of personal impressions regarding the mothering experience. This was done through a series of semi-structured focus groups. Emergent themes and applications to occupational therapy will be shared, followed by a short discussion period.