Exploring the experiences of Adoptive Mothers: A Thematic Analysis
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The available literature on adoption predominantly focuses on the children’s experience rather than the adoptive mothers (Baltimore, 2008) and focuses on specific issues they face, such as attachment issues (Archer and Burnell, 2003). A gap in research was highlighted in that literature on the experience of the adoptive mother is limited, and that available insight into the experiences of adoptive mothers was found as a secondary research aim (Argent and Coleman, 2012). Adoptive mothers are reportedly more likely to experience stigmatization, low self-esteem and lack of attachment with their child compared to biological mothers (Cast, 2004; Azar et al., 2005; Phillips, 2007; Bachrach, 1986). Gair (1996) revealed that feeling ‘overwhelmed’ was the primary experience for adoptive mothers in her research, closely followed by feeling ‘disillusioned’ resulting from inconsistencies between their pre-conceived expectations and their post-adoption reality (Gair, 1996; McDonald, Propp and Murphy, 2001). Past literature has presented an unbalanced view of adoption experiences; thus, the purpose of this research is to explore the experiences of adoption from the under-acknowledged perspective; that of adoptive mothers. A qualitative approach was considered most appropriate: five women were interviewed using semi-structured interviews, all of whom self-identified as adoptive mothers as well as biological mothers. The data was then analysed using thematic analysis to highlight salient themes. Three main themes were identified from the corpus of data; Becoming mum, Lack of support and Dealing with the aftermath. Results were discussed in relation to the findings within previous literature and future areas of research have been suggested.
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