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Pregnancy and the Transition to Motherhood

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In this chapter I will be looking at the psychological effects of pregnancy and the transition to motherhood; more particularly I will concentrate on the effect of the transition on a woman’s sense of identity. This discussion will show how research on pregnancy can be seen to occur within a dialogue about the psychology of health and illness, normality and deviance, individuality and generality. After a brief review of the ‘mainstream’ psychological literature, the chapter will consider more recent, mainly feminist, writings which suggest different views on the transition. I will then describe a study I conducted which explores in detail one woman’s account of her pregnancy and its relationship to her sense of identity.

Keywords

Personal Identity Postnatal Depression Individual Woman Personal Construct Personal Account 
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