In this article I have explored why I love and hate my mother. It is a retrospective and ongoing participant observation of the phenomenon of being the daughter of a mother with mental retardation. In it, I make use of a layered account--an experimental, postmodern, ethnographic reporting format that enables researchers to use varied resources, such as social theory, lived experience, and emotions. By using my own experience, I explore, through first-person narrative, the complex issues and emotions involved.
This paper describes two studies that had three purposes: (a) to modify a parent-child interaction tool used previously in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU); (b) to demonstrate interrater reliability, Chronbach's Alpha reliability, and construct validity of the tool with adolescent mothers, and (c) to determine the ability of nurses engaged in usual work duties to observe maternal behaviors. The first study tested interrater reliability. Two NICU nurses were trained, observed adolescent mothers (n = 20) for the same 15 min, and then separately completed the measure.
One invisible and silent phenomenon associated with the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) epidemic is the return of mothers to care for their adult sons who are dying of the disease. This article presents an emergent fit of data from an interpretative study with 14 such mothers into Leonard's practices of mothering framework. Conceptualizing mothering as a practice rather than a technical skill provides a context for understanding nurture and care.
The relationship between mother and daughter is the basis for all love relationships throughout life. Through the eyes and hands of the mother, the intimate and caring nature of love is transmitted from generation to generation. Mother-daughter love is also the beginning of heterosexual love and of sensual pleasure. However, sexuality separates and alienates mother and daughter. As a consequence, the daughter's identification with the mother becomes the most important transmitter of love.
The article presents a review and discussion of several aspects of the interpersonal context in which depression occurs that are unique to women. Women commonly experience depression in response to interpersonal life events, and also they contribute to the occurrence of stressful events and life contexts. Four key topics are reviewed: childrearing and parenting; romantic and marital relationships; generation of stressful life events; enduring social dysfunction even when not depressed.
We studied the development of the brain of ducklings and rat pups. The results of the experiments highlighted the essential importance of nurturing human brains: 1. Human relationship and communication are essential factors for survival. 2. New-born babies are tightly linked to signals from their mothers and surroundings, which are converted into the information for survival in their later development. 3. The brain is self-organized according to two genetically determined principles: output-driven operation and memory-based architecture.
In Mandarin Chinese, word meaning is partially determined by lexical tone (Wang, 1973). Previous studies suggest that lexical tone is processed as linguistic information and not as pure tonal information (Gandour, 1998; Van Lanker & Fromkin, 1973). The current study explored the online processing of lexical tones.
The Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: Journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
This study aims to describe the meaning of the experience of the relationship between young adult traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivors and their mothers using a phenomenological approach. Informants included 9 males and 3 females who were at least 2 years post-TBI, and their mothers, who were their primary caregivers after the injury. TBI informants were 18 to 25 years of age, had motor vehicle accident-induced injury, experienced post-traumatic amnesia longer than 24 hours, and were able to participate in a verbal interview.
Unlike the separation-based, stereotyped views of boys' developmental movement into adulthood, this paper will argue that there are more modern and relational models, as well as multiple pathways, for young males to journey through such rites of passage.
Journal of Child Health Care: For Professionals Working with Children in the Hospital and Community
This article reports one aspect of a phenomenological study that described the lived experience of mothering a child hospitalized with acute illness or injury. The significance for mothers that nurses do the 'little things' emerged in considering the implications of this study's findings for nurses in practice. Seven mothers whose child had been hospitalized in the 12 months prior to the first interview agreed to share their stories. The resulting data were analysed and interpreted using van Manen's interpretation of phenomenology.