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Mothers’ accounts of healthcare encounters: Negotiating culpability and fulfilling the active mother role
Jönköping University, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Division of Health, Activity and Care. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Health and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3033-9879
2013 (English)In: Discourse & Society, ISSN 0957-9265, E-ISSN 1460-3624, Vol. 24, no 4, 1-15 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores mothers’ accounts of initial interactions and encounters with healthcare professionals and the outcomes where questions about their children’s problems are concerned. A case-based storyline was reconstructed as part of the analysis, focusing on

when and how mothers claimed to be responsible parents. The outcomes of these encounters were presented by the mothers in this study as a drawn-out process, with disagreement between mothers and healthcare providers, resulting in different performances of moral agency. Some mothers portrayed themselves as dependent on healthcare expertise and made moral claims by attributing and deflecting blame, negotiating back and forth about their own and the healthcare professionals’ culpability, restoring moral agency. Other mothers did not generally defend or justify their actions or place blame, but appealed instead to fulfilment of the active mother role where they controlled the interaction and claimed full responsibility for their child’s care, hence presenting their moral agency as indisputable.

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Sage Publications, 2013. Vol. 24, no 4, 1-15 p.
Keyword [en]
Child allergy, healthcare interactions, moral agency, motherhood, narrative accounts, narrative/discourse analysis, negotiating culpability, parent responsibility, performances of self, Sweden
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-93640DOI: 10.1177/0957926513482069ISI: 000321190200003OAI: diva2:625156
Available from: 2013-06-04 Created: 2013-06-04 Last updated: 2014-08-04Bibliographically approved

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