Through a New Lens: The Impact of an Infant’s Visual Impairments on Maternal Bonding and Maternal Identity During Feeding Time

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dc.contributor.advisor Tsipis, Judith en_US
dc.contributor.author Golding, Abbe
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-06T18:42:22Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-06T18:42:22Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10192/47
dc.description.abstract A significant amount of research has been conducted on children with visual impairments. Visual impairments may occur for a variety of reasons and are known to impact the relationship that a child forms with his or her primary caregiver, usually the mother. However, little information is known about how a young child’s visual impairment impacts maternal identity or a mother’s ability to bond with her child. In this study, eight mothers with one child (under the age of three) with a visual impairment and at least one sighted child (over the age of three) participated in audiotaped interviews to explore how their child’s visual impairment impacted feeding time and their bonding experience when compared to those experienced with their older, sighted child. Through the use of a semi-structured interview guide, participants were prompted to discuss issues related to feeding, bonding, maternal identity and response to diagnosis. Eight primary themes emerged from the interviews which focused on changes in maternal identity, response to the diagnosis, differences in maternal expectation and the extent to which mothers depend on mutual gaze during feeding time to establish feelings of closeness. The mothers who participated in our study reported that the lack of mutual gaze and reciprocal emotions significantly impacted the bonding process. However, they developed strategies for relying on other senses to increase feelings of closeness with their child. The degree to which mothers felt that their child’s visual impairment impacted their ability to bond with their child demonstrates that this topic should be addressed when giving a new diagnosis. Medical providers should be aware of the complex psychological implications that a young child’s visual impairment can have on a mother and be prepared to address them. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences en_US
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Brandeis University en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Brandeis University Theses and Dissertations
dc.rights Copyright by Abbe Golding 2012 en_US
dc.subject visual impairment en_US
dc.subject maternal identity en_US
dc.subject bonding en_US
dc.subject feeding en_US
dc.title Through a New Lens: The Impact of an Infant’s Visual Impairments on Maternal Bonding and Maternal Identity During Feeding Time en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.department Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling en_US
dc.degree.name MS en_US
dc.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.degree.discipline Genetic Counseling en_US
dc.degree.grantor Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences en_US


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