Parenting and comparison of cultures. An explorative research

TitleParenting and comparison of cultures. An explorative research
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsCiulla A, Garro M, Vinciguerra M
JournalInterdisciplinary Journal of Family Studies
Date Published12/2010
PublisherPadova University Press
Place PublishedPadova, IT
ISSN Number2282-2011
Keywordsculture of origin, family dynamics, immigrant women, maternal representations, parenting

The way women live their motherhood expresses cultural values, myths, rules society has transmitted to them. Moreover, birth can be considered as a cultural event with distinctive features. Starting from these considerations, we wondered how immigrant women may live their experience of motherhood in a foreign country. The participants chosen for our research is composed of 39 women belonging to different cultures (Africa, Asia, Balkans, Mauritius..) who live in Palermo. In a series of meetings these women were administered a semi-structured interview. We examined the way women reconstruct the history of their motherhood in relation to their own maternal identity, the identity of their child and their culture of origin