Author: Zsuzsa Kaló1
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  • 1 ELTE Eötvös Loránd TudományegyetemPszichológiai Intézet, Budapest
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Background: The topic of pregnant women and young mothers who are using drugs is overly stigmatized in the public and professional discourse. The topic is rarely researched, however the studies about the possible solutions, protocols are agreeing that for understanding this topic a complex and biopsychosocial approach is needed. It is also a consensus that in modern societies some kind of substance use during pregnancy is foreseen. Aim: The aim of this qualitative case study is to explore the meanings of motherhood for pregnant women and young mothers who are using drugs in Hungary. Methodology: This idiographic case study is designed in a feminist-phenomenological paradigm, the focus is on the respondents’ meanings and experiences as women. The respondents were clients of a harm reduction service for pregnant women who are using drugs. The respondents (n = 34, mean age: 29 years, range: 18-43 years) were using drugs or were being in opioid substitution therapy. The study was conducted between 2009 and 2014 using different qualitative methods (triangulation): 1) participatory observations at the harm reduction service and at rehabilitation homes for mothers who use drugs, 2) semi-structured interview with pregnant women who are using drugs, 3) deep, longitudinal interviews with 2 mothers at rehabilitation homes for mothers who use drugs. The data analysis was based on thematic analysis (TA). Results: The main themes found: the relationship with the foetus/baby, financial insecurity, the changes of the identity, relationship with the services; in the motherhood: role models, patterns, the motherhood as turning point. Conclusions: The motherhood for women who are using drugs was a turning point to change and to become autonomous. The child becomes the most important issue in their life and in the new autonomy of motherhood a new dependency is developing. This dependence is the child for whom the mother is thankful and willing to change and recover and to spend all their time with. Ambivalence and dependence is expressed in the meaning of motherhood for pregnant women and young mothers who are using drugs.

 

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Editor(s)-in-Chief: Adrienne STAUDER

Editor(s): Edit CZEGLÉDI

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  • László Csaba DÉGI (Babeş-Bolyai Tudományegyetem, Kolozsvár, Románia)
  • Zsolt DEMETROVICS (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)
  • Barna KONKOLŸ THEGE (Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, Penetanguishene, Canada)
  • Karolina KÓSA (University of Debrecen, Debrecen)
  • Márta NOVÁK (University of Toronto, University Health Network, Toronto, Canada)
  • Bettina PIKÓ (University of Szeged, Szeged)
  • József RÁCZ (Semmelweis University, Budapest; Eötvös University, Budapest)
  • István TIRINGER (University of Pécs, Pécs)

Editorial Correspondence: Czeglédi, Edit
Institute of Behavioural Sciences
Semmelweis University
Nagyvárad tér 4.
H-1089 Budapest, Hungary
Phone: (36 1) 210 2930 ext. 56151 ---- Fax: (36 1) 210 2955
E-mail: mentalhigiene.pszichoszomatika@gmail.com

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2020  
Scimago
H-index
11
Scimago
Journal Rank
0,15
Scimago
Quartile Score
Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology Q4
Psychiatry and Mental Health Q4
Scopus
Cite Score
23/67=0,3
Scopus
Cite Score Rank
Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology 57/60 (Q4)
Psychiatry and Mental Health 452/502 (Q4)
Scopus
SNIP
0,24
Scopus
Cites
77
Scopus
Documents
14
Days from submission to acceptance 140
Days from acceptance to publication 90

 

2019  
Scimago
H-index
10
Scimago
Journal Rank
0,127
Scimago
Quartile Score
Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology Q4
Psychiatry and Mental Health Q4
Scopus
Cite Score
26/70=0,4
Scopus
Cite Score Rank
Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology 59/61 (Q4)
Psychiatry and Mental Health 442/506 (Q4)
Scopus
SNIP
0,135
Scopus
Cites
67
Scopus
Documents
18

 

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