Remeaning motherhood in prison: an exploratory study

TitleRemeaning motherhood in prison: an exploratory study
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsChiarolanza C, Bastianoni C
JournalInterdisciplinary Journal of Family Studies
Date Published06/2014
PublisherPadova University Press
Place PublishedPadova, IT
ISSN Number2282-2011
KeywordsATLAS.ti, intersubjectivity, motherhood, prison

The goal of the present article is the study of perceptions, and meanings of motherhood inside a specific context such as the prison. This exploratory study is based on nine interviews conducted on imprisoned mothers already condemned. The results were analyzed with ATLAS.ti, a software specialized for qualitative analysis. They show the presence of three family codes which capture different aspects of mother-child relation: in particular it was visible that motherhood and children emotional closeness, during prison term, act as protective factors for those women, mitigating pain, fail and frustration connected to the everyday experience in prison.