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Title: 'I want him to be a better person than his dad was' : how mothers experience their relationship with their son following domestic violence
Author: Nankivell, Louise C.
ISNI:       0000 0004 5372 597X
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2015
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Introduction: Research has considered the impact of Domestic Violence (DV) on both women and children, but little research has considered the role of mothering in a context of DV. The research questions how mothers of young sons experience this mother-son relationship in a context of and following DV. Method: This study utilised eight semi-structured interviews with women recruited from a Children's Centre and voluntary women's service and were analysed using a Constructivist Grounded Theory methodology. Results: The analysis suggested that the women constructed violence as being a cycle and their relationship with their son was impacted by this in multiple ways; being preoccupied with the perpetrator, difficulty bonding, impact on maternal mental health, experiencing mothering as a burden and son(s) 'copying' the perpetrator. With the support of services the women have reflected on this cycle and have ended it to enable their son(s) to be 'better than their dad'. Out of the context of DV the women's relationship with their son was able to be stronger and they were able to teach him 'right from wrong'. Discussion: Although only 8 women were recruited the interviews provided rich material and it was hoped that an in depth analysis was completed. The research findings will have clinical implications about how services support women in their relationship with their son(s) in a context of and following DV.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology