This research aimed to listen, and make sense of, stories of young motherhood from the perspectives of two cohorts: ‘mothers of young mothers’ and ‘young mothers’, and to explore how shared stories of motherhood were constructed in particular social, interpersonal and cultural contexts. A narrative approach was taken to the interviews and analysis. Twelve women were invited to ‘tell their story’ about becoming and being a mother and a mother of a young mother. There were a number of shared plots as well as diversities across and within cohorts, with three acts resembling a series of progressive and regressive phases: (1) derailment; (2) a bumpy, terrifying and fun ride, full of surprises; (3) coming to terms with reality: better equipped for the future. Located within personal stories were key cultural narratives which demonstrated how mothers’ individual experiences were informed by societal expectations. The contribution of these narratives to existing theoretical literature; wider clinical implications; the political context; and future research are discussed. The process of conducting this research has clearly illustrated the power, diversity, and authenticity of listening to mothers’ stories at different stages of their mothering journey.
2019. Making Sense of Dissatisfaction during the Transition to Motherhood through Relational Dialectics Theory. Journal of Family Communication 19:2 ► pp. 157 ff.
2016. The bumpy road to ‘becoming’: capturing the stories that teenage mothers told about their journey into motherhood. Child & Family Social Work 21:4 ► pp. 521 ff.
Lester, Jessica Nina & Michelle O’Reilly
2021. Stigma, Disability, and Autism. In The Social, Cultural, and Political Discourses of Autism [Education, Equity, Economy, 9], ► pp. 131 ff.
2017. Acts of resistance: The transformation of young single mothers in Hong Kong. International Social Work 60:4 ► pp. 869 ff.
2019. Neoliberalism and the Fight for the Child: Narratives of Queer Mothering. In New Narratives of Disability [Research in Social Science and Disability, ], ► pp. 231 ff.
2020. Mother of a person: neoliberalism and narratives of parenting children with disabilities. Disability & Society 35:1 ► pp. 111 ff.
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