Utilising a psychosocial research approach to understand the intrapersonal and interpersonal factors that contribute to a ‘successful’ relationship between maternal dyads.

Greenwood, Sallie (2014) Utilising a psychosocial research approach to understand the intrapersonal and interpersonal factors that contribute to a ‘successful’ relationship between maternal dyads. New Zealand Applied Psychology Conference: Tikarohia Te Marama, Hamilton, New Zealand, 23-24 October, 2014. (Unpublished)

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Families were there are two mothers, one biological and the other social, such as those created through adoption, fostering, blended families, and lesbian families are now ubiquitous. Little is known about how the mothers negotiate their relationship vis a vis the child(ren). This pilot study used Hollway and Jefferson’s (2009) psychosocial approach to understand the relationships between two women who are both ‘mother’ to the same child through open adoption. The information provided by the mothers in the study required a different framework for analysis than that of the defended subject used by Hollway and Jefferson. This paper will discuss the particular ethical concerns of using a psychosocial approach in Aotearoa/New Zealand and, the adoption of Bateman and Fogaty’s (2006) mentalizing approach as a framework for analysis.

Item Type:Paper presented at a conference, workshop or other event, and published in the proceedings
Keywords that describe the item:psychosocial research, mentalization, maternal dyads
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions:Schools > Centre for Health & Social Practice
ID Code:3416
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Deposited On:19 Nov 2014 02:58
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