Development of first-time mothers' sense of shared identity and integration with other mothers in their neighbourhood

Stevenson, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-2438-6425, Seppälä, T., Riikonen, R., Finell, E. and Paajanen, P., 2021. Development of first-time mothers' sense of shared identity and integration with other mothers in their neighbourhood. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology. ISSN 1099-1298

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Abstract

Mothers' social integration with other mothers in the same residential area has been shown to be beneficial for their health and well-being. The socio-psychological resources afforded by other mothers aid the transition to motherhood. However, much less is known about the processes whereby mothers integrate with other local mothers. Therefore, we analysed first-time mothers’ experiences of social integration with other mothers in the same neighbourhood. Through three waves of semi-structured interviews, we followed eight Finnish first-time mothers' everyday lives for a year. The narrative analysis of these longitudinal interviews revealed three story types – social integration, social exclusion and social disconnection – that depicted mothers' different experiences of integration with other local mothers. The perceived similarity of experiences, goals and interests related to motherhood enhanced the development of a shared sense of identity and supported integration with other local mothers. We discuss our findings in relation to the social identity model of identity change (SIMIC).

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: New mothers' narratives of social integration [running title]
Publication Title: Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology
Creators: Stevenson, C., Seppälä, T., Riikonen, R., Finell, E. and Paajanen, P.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: 14 December 2021
ISSN: 1099-1298
Identifiers:
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10.1002/casp.2592DOI
1500435Other
Rights: © 2021 The Authors. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 02 Dec 2021 10:51
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:34
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/45032

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