The Relationship between maternal gatekeeping and parental warmth through the mediating role of traditional motherhood

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2018
Aytaç, Fatma Kübra
The current study aims to identify sociological aspects of maternal gatekeeping, and to examine the relationship between the parental warmth and maternal gatekeeping through the mediator role of traditional motherhood. In this study, the ins and outs of the mother-child relationship in the first years of life are discussed, as an institutionalised and reproduced role attributed to the woman having a child, not as a result of being biologically a mother, in the light of two fundamental approaches: Symbolic Interactionist Theory and Family Systems Theory. The mixed-method design is employed. Two hundred women took place in the online survey and ten women participated in focus groups. Participants were asked to fill out three different inventories and a demographic form. It was expected that inter-correlations between maternal gatekeeping, parental warmth and traditional motherhood are significant, and the relationship between maternal gatekeeping and parental warmth construction of mothers is expected to be mediated by traditional motherhood. Also, maternal gatekeeping practices of mothers are expected to be affected by gender stereotypes in marriages. All hypotheses of the study were supported except the expected direct relationship between maternal gatekeeping and parental warmth.

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F. K. Aytaç, “The Relationship between maternal gatekeeping and parental warmth through the mediating role of traditional motherhood,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2018.