Revista Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Niñez y Juventud
Print version ISSN 1692-715X
BEDOYA, Mauricio Hernando and GIRALDO, Mary Lucy. Maternal Violence in Childhood and the Conditions that Bring About Mothering. Rev.latinoam.cienc.soc.niñez juv [online]. 2010, vol.8, n.2, pp. 947-959. ISSN 1692-715X.
This paper is the result of a study that approaches the issue of maternal violence towards children and its influence in the mother-child bond. Objective of the study: to analyze the narratives of both self-recognized mistreating mothers and their children, in order to identify the meaning given to their bonding. Method: a phenomenological-hermeneutic method from the qualitative comprehensive approach, with multilevel sampling. Data Generation Techniques: in-depth interviews with mothers, and focus groups with children and parents from three educational institutions. Conclusions: mothers explain the violence towards their children by resorting to a generational chain of bonds with their own mother; the conditions that have an adverse effect on mothering predict the appearance of maternal violence; and, not every mistreated child will be a mistreating parent. Finally, the existence of a typology of the mother who mistreats her children is proposed.
Keywords : mother-child bond; maternal violence; individuation; mothering; care.