College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Understanding the Transition from Career to Fulltime Motherhood: A Qualitative Study

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2006

Keywords

Family Therapy, Mothers, Qualitative Research, Women, Focus Groups

Publication Title

American Journal of Family Therapy

ISSN

0192-6187

Volume

34

Issue/No.

1

Abstract

According to the literature, minimal research has been conducted on full time mothers (i.e., stay-at-home mothers [SAHM]); studies dealing with motherhood tend to emphasize the developmental needs of the child versus the mother. The current research seeks to tackle that issue by bringing full time motherhood to the forefront. In particular, phenomena related to women transitioning from work to full time motherhood are qualitatively examined. Four women participated in this study and shared their personal experiences surrounding this subject matter. A SAHM Model and two SAHM Portraits are created to comprehend and explain the complexities found within their roles.

DOI

10.1080/01926180500301352