Title

Becoming a mother: The influence of motherhood on women's identity development

Publication Date

4-2015

Abstract

This qualitative analysis investigated women's experiences of identity change in the process of becoming mothers. Thirty semistructured interviews were completed and the analysis was conducted through a grounded theory framework. The analytic process yielded results that grouped into three overarching themes. The first of these relates to the ways in which women lost themselves for a time while incorporating their children into their identities and reforming their identities. The second theme explores the expansion of the self insofar as women incorporated children into their identities and self-boundaries. The third theme explores ways that women felt that mothering and the close relationships with their children intensified their personalities and identities. Implications for future research are explored

Keywords

Mothers; Identity (Psychology)--Social aspects

Publication Title

Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research

Volume

15

Issue

2

First Page

126

Last Page

145

DOI of Published Version

10.1080/15283488.2015.1023440 .

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