Researching what it means to be a mother

Date: 25/10/2002

Calling all mums - researchers at the University of Western Sydney need you to take part in a new study into motherhood.

The study aims to better understand women's experiences of mothering and gain insights into the challenges of raising children from birth through to adolescence and into adulthood.

According to chief researcher, Associate Professor Debra Jackson from the University's School of Nursing, Family and Community Health, the study will provide a fascinating insight into one of the world's most underrated jobs.

"The maternal role is the defining and central role of life for many women and though not all women are mothers, motherhood lies at the very heart of what it is to be a woman," says Associate Professor Jackson.

"We want to find out how women perceive mothering and the influences it has on their lives and health.

"The study will also focus on how women cope with the difficulties of motherhood and what support is available to them."

Associate Professor Jackson says the results will be used to help build on our understanding of mothering and develop better support services.

"We hope that the outcomes from this study will also guide further research into the area," she says.

Participants should be women who have raised children right through to adolescence and adulthood. Women involved in the study will take part in an audio taped conversation about their own mothering experiences.

If you'd like more information about the study or would like to volunteer, contact Associate Professor Debra Jackson on (02) 9685 9505 or email:

For more information or requests for interviews:

Amanda Whibley
Senior Media Officer
Phone: (02) 9678 7472
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