Narratives of mothers in stepfamily situations: an exploratory investigation

Asherson Bartram, Claire Estelle (2013) Narratives of mothers in stepfamily situations: an exploratory investigation. Other thesis, Middlesex University.

[img]
Preview
PDF - Final accepted version (with author's formatting)
Download (3MB) | Preview

Abstract

This project explores the topography of stepfamily relationships through the prism of the mother, a view as yet rarely explored. Recorded interviews of eleven mothers were examined using narrative, phenomenological, grounded theory methods, within a Gestalt theoretical framework and refined into first person narratives of their experience as mothers and stepmothers.

The overall aim of the research is to develop resources for stepfamily members and inform and educate psychotherapists who work with individuals or couples with stepfamily issues or problems, an area lacking in much information on this at present.

The findings indicate that while many social scientists reject biological determinism within stepfamily dynamics, an acceptance of evolutionary theory opens out the analysis to provide greater understanding of the stepfamily landscape. Further, the study shows that some features of stepfamily dynamics have similarities to the workings of psychotherapeutic groups, and vice versa. Therefore stepfamily situations can be a useful metaphor for therapy group interventions and the possibility exists to develop this theory further as an addition to the existing knowledge of group dynamics.

Products of the project include a series of workshops, development of exercises that illuminate stepfamily issues and the launch of an organisation StepIn ASAP, Advancing Stepfamily Awareness through Psychotherapy.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Research Areas: B. > Theses
C. Collaborative Partners > Metanoia Institute
Item ID: 21846
Depositing User: Jennifer Basford
Date Deposited: 19 May 2017 10:44
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2019 08:53
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/21846

Actions (login required)

Edit Item Edit Item

Full text downloads (NB count will be zero if no full text documents are attached to the record)

Downloads per month over the past year