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Experiencing motherhood in the narratives of women with impaired hearing

Beata Iwanicka

Abstract

The aim of this study was to present the process of experiencing motherhood among hearing-impaired women. Through the experience of motherhood, those aspects of the experience that are open to what is new in the biographies of the surveyed women were adopted. Therefore, the randomness that is possible in the lives of those women who do not want motherhood or which for them is only a temporary episode was excluded. The partially structured qualitative research method was used. A certain degree of freedom of expression was assumed for the narrators who recreated their life paths with the help of questions. A significant part of the respondents' statements indicated hearing impairment as a factor that was a source of anxiety in experiencing motherhood. The respondents emphasized that their dysfunction forces them, as mothers, to have increased concentration in caring for the child. In the group of Deaf mothers, there was often self-reflection regarding social stereotypes about deaf mothers. Deaf women, although they have a stronger self-esteem as mothers, are less likely to devalue themselves in the context of their dysfunction. At the same time, they talk more often about the discrimination they face in their social environments (the stereotype "deaf is stupid"). The results of this study reinforce emancipatory thinking about disabled women.
Record ID
UAM53b387a4bc664d64828c2cac0619a725
Diploma type
Doctor of Philosophy
Author
Title in Polish
Doświadczanie macierzyństwa w narracjach kobiet z uszkodzonym słuchem
Title in English
Experiencing motherhood in the narratives of women with impaired hearing
Language
pol (pl) Polish
Certifying Unit
Wydział Studiów Edukacyjnych [nowa struktura organizacyjna] (SNs/WSE)
Scientific discipline (2.0)
5.9 education
Year of creation
2021
Start date
2020
Defense Date
14-06-2021
Title date
14-06-2021
Supervisor
Pages
541
URL
https://hdl.handle.net/10593/26303 Opening in a new tab
Keywords in English
motherhood; hearing impairment; experience
Abstract in English
The aim of this study was to present the process of experiencing motherhood among hearing-impaired women. Through the experience of motherhood, those aspects of the experience that are open to what is new in the biographies of the surveyed women were adopted. Therefore, the randomness that is possible in the lives of those women who do not want motherhood or which for them is only a temporary episode was excluded. The partially structured qualitative research method was used. A certain degree of freedom of expression was assumed for the narrators who recreated their life paths with the help of questions. A significant part of the respondents' statements indicated hearing impairment as a factor that was a source of anxiety in experiencing motherhood. The respondents emphasized that their dysfunction forces them, as mothers, to have increased concentration in caring for the child. In the group of Deaf mothers, there was often self-reflection regarding social stereotypes about deaf mothers. Deaf women, although they have a stronger self-esteem as mothers, are less likely to devalue themselves in the context of their dysfunction. At the same time, they talk more often about the discrimination they face in their social environments (the stereotype "deaf is stupid"). The results of this study reinforce emancipatory thinking about disabled women.

Uniform Resource Identifier
https://researchportal.amu.edu.pl/info/phd/UAM53b387a4bc664d64828c2cac0619a725/
URN
urn:amu-prod:UAM53b387a4bc664d64828c2cac0619a725

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