Community Discourses of Motherhood and Child Rearing in Northern Region of Thailand

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Nittaya Panngam
Khanitta Nuntaboot



Purpose: This study aimed at investigate the process on contributing community discourse of motherhood and child rearing and its impact on maternal and child care in the community.

Design: Qualitative study using critical discourse analysis.

Methods: The informants were selected through purposive sampling and subsequently snowball technique. There were totally 90 informants in this study. Multiple data collecting methods were employed included in-depth interview, participatory observation, and group discussion. Data were analyzed by critical discourse analysis and subsequently analyzed by content analysis.

Results: The findings revealed in three parts: 1) definition of motherhood and child rearing illustrated the interrelated meaning, 2) community discourse of motherhood and child rearing demonstrated two identities comprising discourse of empowerment and discourse of dependence; and 3) impact of community discourse of motherhood and child rearing resulting in the encouragement suitable maternal behavior and child rearing practices as well as the new approaches for motherhood and child rearing support in the community.

Conclusion: This study presents that the meaning of motherhood and child rearing are interrelated based on cultural perspective. Moreover, the discourse of empowerment can be applied as a tool for strengthen community movement in order that the systematically improvement on mothering practices and child rearing style can be reached. These are important for midwife, community nurse practitioners and related persons who constitute a continuous movement on maternal and child care among motherhood and early childhood


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