‘I’m a good mother really!‘ gendered parenting roles and responses to the disclosure of incest
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‘I'm a good mother really!‘ gendered parenting roles and responses to the disclosure of incestRésumé :
The disclosure of incestuous abuse of a child constitutes such a departure from normative expectations of mothering that it necessitates a complete reappraisal and reconstruction of the mother's identity. This article draws on interview material with women in this situation in order to demonstrate how very traditional gendered parenting models were employed in repairing damaged identities. The ways in which such reliance on the protective and selfless aspects of mothering could contribute to the failure to recognise the abuse of their child are also discussed. In conclusion, motherhood as a source of power for women within the family is critically examined.
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