Reported communication experiences of married women transitioning to motherhood : a case study Public Deposited

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  • This thesis investigates the reported communication experiences of married women transitioning to motherhood. The study involves a series of focus groups in which new mothers share their communicative experiences, explaining how they are navigating their new roles as mothers while also performing roles as wives, daughters, and workers. Informed primarily by relational dialectics and secondarily by literature on conversational argument and work-family research, the study produces four themes: 1) the women provided two strategies for dealing with problematic offers from others to “help”; 2) the women named their own perceptions of their role responsibilities as mothers as critical to their dialectical strain establishing boundaries; 3) the women perceived their husbands’ responses to fatherhood as affecting their own responses to and enactment of motherhood in conjunction with their other roles; and 4) the women reported as vital to their successful management of work and mother roles both verbal confirmation and messages endorsing their own abilities to capably engage both role responsibilities. Other minor themes also are discussed, followed by the implications for future research.
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