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In their own performance: an ethnographic study of mothers’ accounts of interactions with professionals at a children’s centre


This study is concerned with how mothers, who have been referred to a children’s centre for support with parenting, interpret their interactions with professionals including midwives, health visitors, social workers and family support workers. Previous studies have concentrated on unhelpful, “them and us” othering practices, this project aimed to consider mothers’ interpretations of interactions, exploring verbal and non-verbal interactions as well as identifying what interactions with professionals that were helpful or not and why?

Categories Medicine, Health and Social Care, Social care
Keywords Parenting support, Performance ethnography, Storytelling
Author Patricia Tumelty
Date published 2018
Document type Doctoral Thesis
Organisation Mind Jersey
IRR Code IRR/MJ/2018.43224
File Type pdf