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dc.contributor.author O'Connor, Pat
dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-19T14:04:24Z
dc.date.available 2010-07-19T14:04:24Z
dc.date.issued 2001
dc.identifier.citation O'Connor, P. (2001) ‘Supporting Mothers: Issues in a Community Mother’s Programme’, Community, Work and Family, 4(1) p63-85 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/409
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This article describes a community support programme which implicitly challenges the assumption that the existence of a partner and local kin obviates the need to support women when they come home from hospital with a new baby. Implicit in the programme is the idea that support by mothers, of mothers, validates the activity of child care and is one way of facilitating the child's development. This programme was successful in terms of its perceived impact on both the providers and the recipients' ability to parent, in terms of providing training and support for providers, and in terms of strengthening links within the community and between the providers and the statutory and voluntary sectors. However, since the very model of care was a 'paid volunteering' one which perpetuated women's economic dependency it is a moot point whether it also perpetuated the devaluing of women's work. The subsequent mainstreaming of the programme and its inclusion of teenage lone mothers, who are likely to be co-parenting with their own mothers, raises still further questions about the complex and ambiguous nature of support for women. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Routledge, Taylor & Francis en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Community, Work & Family;
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/136688000200032425
dc.subject birth en_US
dc.subject children en_US
dc.subject community en_US
dc.subject intervention en_US
dc.subject mothering en_US
dc.subject paid en_US
dc.subject support en_US
dc.subject volunteering en_US
dc.title Supporting mothers: issues in a Community Mothers Programme en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.type.restriction none en

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