A Metasynthesis: Mothering Other-Than-Normal Children.

Antonia M Nelson

Document Type Article


The author used Noblit and Hare's 1988 comparative method of synthesizing qualitative studies to address the need for collective knowledge development related to mothering other-than-normal children. Twelve studies were included in a metasynthesis for a total sample of 79. The nature of the child's disability, demographics, and methodology used varied widely. Initially, 13 common themes were extracted using reciprocal translation. Further analysis revealed 4 steps common to the mothering experience under which themes were categorized. Suggestions for application to practice include keeping in mind qualities of a supportive health professional from the mothers' perspective, encouraging mothers to challenge societal definitions of normalcy, and recognizing the significance of hope in fueling maternal caregiving.