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October 2021

Losing the plot: Narrative construction and longitudinal childbirth research

Journal/Book: Qual Health Res. 2000; 10: 2455 Teller Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320, USA. Sage Publications Inc. 309-323.

Abstract: This article seeks to explore the ways in which theories of narrative might be significant in the study of childbearing. The event of childbirth and the process of women becoming mothers have major significance for individual biographies and ave publicly defined. The medicalization of childbearing and the placing of a natural event into a pathological illness model has repercussions for the ways in which women experience and make sense of the event. The complex interweaving of public and lay narratives that surround this period of transition can lead to bafflement and the eventual construction of personal counternarratives. The context in which narratives are managed is explored.

Note: Article Miller T, Oxford Brookes Univ, Ctr Family & Household Res, Oxford OX3 0BP, ENGLAND

Keyword(s): ILLNESS; IDENTITY


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