I became a mom : Identity changes in mothers receiving public assistance
This phenomenological study used individual, semistructured, face-to-face interviews to explore motherhood experiences among 15 women receiving public assistance in a large urban area on the West coast. A primary phenomenon observed was that motherhood was described as an experience of identity change, with resulting emotional, behavioral, and sense-of-self changes. Within this broad theme, two categories emerged: the experience and process of change, and consequences of change. It was concluded that motherhood may serve as an important catalyst for change in some women and that the context of poverty is essential for understanding the motherhood experience. These results suggest that interventions aimed at leveraging emerging motherhood identities may be beneficial in setting women on the path out of poverty, drug addiction, and incarceration. Future research should examine the consequences of maternal change within the specific context of the stages of change documented in the recovery process from drug addiction.
Motherhood; Identity (Psychology); Poor women; Drug addiction
Journal of Social Service Research
DOI of Published Version
Anderson, Tamara Lynn and Hall, M. Elizabeth Lewis, "I became a mom : Identity changes in mothers receiving public assistance" (2013). Faculty Articles & Research. 17.