An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis exploring the experiences of mothers who relate to the term ‘Gender Disappointment’
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AbstractIn a western context little is known about what it means to associate with the term gender disappointment - feelings of despair around not having a child of the desired sex. Explore the lived experiences of British women who identify with the term gender disappointment. Six mothers of only sons who desired a daughter participated in a semi-structured interview via an online platform. An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) identified themes which relate to (i) pity, societal expectations of unfulfillment and concerns relating to future mother son relationship (ii) feelings of guilt and shame and (iii) barriers to seeking help and benefits of talking. More awareness relating to gender disappointment and the negative impact it has upon maternal wellbeing is needed. Mothers who identify with gender disappointment would benefit from support from health visitors to enable them to access the help they need.
CitationYoung, N., Hallam J., Jackson, J., Barnes, C. and Montague J. (2021). 'Exploring the lived experiences of women who identify with the term ‘gender disappointment’. Journal of health visiting. 9(11), pp. 1-22.
JournalJournal of health visiting