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|Exploring Matroreform in Bicultural Mothers
|Wong, Gina (Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology, Faculty of Health Disciplines, Athabasca University)
|Jerry, Paul (Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology, Faculty of Health Disciplines, Athabasca University)
Kier, Cheryl (Centre for Social Sciences, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, Athabasca University)
|Master of Counselling
|Faculty of Health Disciplines
|Matroreform refers to the intentional development of a new approach of mothering that differs from one’s motherline. This process can encompass broader experiences shared by many mothers, such as identifying oneself as bicultural. For this reason, it is important for those interested in mothering research to have an adequate understanding of biculturalism and its influence on maternal identity and practices. The understanding gleaned from this narrative inquiry suggests that early conceptualizations of culture tie into mothering practices, with culture having an impact on the integration of biculturalism in the process of matroreform. Additionally, the process of matroreform is largely influenced by experiencing a lack of desired love and emotion from one’s own mother during childhood, although reconciliation with one’s mother later in life is possible. Recommendations for research on biculturalism in relation to matroreform focus on expanding existing scholarship, and conducting research pertinent to counsellors and psychologists working with mothers.
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