McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Bedsharing, Cosleeping, Feminist, Listening guide, Parenting, Qualitative
This project presents a qualitative study of how parents described the process of deciding to bed-share with their children. Particular emphasis was placed in understanding how those parents described relationships with advice sources. The Listening Guide feminist discourse analysis method was used to analyze interviews with five mothers who self-identified as having regularly slept with their babies to identify discourses with particular emphasis on references to self and authority. The context of this project is explained in detail with review of socio-political and scientific perspectives on decision-making and co-sleeping. Interview analysis resulted in the identification of two ways of engaging with information that were labeled as 'Prescriptive` and 'Adaptive` voices in parenting. The two voices of discourse are described in detail including their distinct modes of temporality, values, agents of action, information processes, and use of conceptual terminology. Discussion of results addresses how co-sleeping mothers, in this project, all referenced frequent consideration of relationships with their children and their children`s` perceived preferences and needs. Further discussion addresses when parents chose to build relationships with advice sources or withdraw from conversation.
Tran, E. (2011). Co-Sleeping with Her Baby: A Qualitive Study of Adaptive and Prescriptive Voices in Parenting Decision Making (Doctoral dissertation, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/1292