Wise, well off and tired: a qualitative study of over-35 mothers raising their teens

dc.contributor.authorFiore, Fayeen
dc.contributor.committeechairHuebner, Angela J.en
dc.contributor.committeememberWittenborn, Andrea K.en
dc.contributor.committeememberFalconier, Marianaen
dc.contributor.departmentHuman Developmenten
dc.date.accessioned2015-11-06T07:00:23Zen
dc.date.available2015-11-06T07:00:23Zen
dc.date.issued2014-05-12en
dc.description.abstractThis qualitative study used a phenomenological approach to understand the experience of 10 later-life mothers who had a first child at age 35 or older and were in the process of raising a teenager. Data were collected with semi-structured interviews and analyzed using thematic coding. Initial findings suggest maternal age contributes to a positive parenting outcome due to life experience, emotional maturity and financial security. Drawbacks include fatigue and reduced fertility that limited family size, as well as competing life stages such as retirement and college. Older mothers felt in the mainstream. Clinical implications are discussed.en
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen
dc.format.mediumETDen
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:3078en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/63924en
dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subjectadolescenceen
dc.subjectdelayed motherhooden
dc.subjectmaternal ageen
dc.subjectmenopauseen
dc.titleWise, well off and tired: a qualitative study of over-35 mothers raising their teensen
dc.typeThesisen
thesis.degree.disciplineHuman Developmenten
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
thesis.degree.levelmastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen
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