ABSTRACT

Figure 5.1 contains the four quadrants of mothers’ lives that I developed in order to categorize and display the qualitative research findings. Gender, health, environment, and language and literacy are the four overarching areas. Each of these quadrants contains the daily concerns of mothers’ lives, but also points to thematic sub-areas: Gender is characterized by responsibility and resilience. Health is made up of definitions, actions, and intersections. Environment envelops situational givens of the physical or natural context, cultural and linguistic context, and socioeconomic context and how all of these interact. Language and Literacy encompass the impact of parental involvement and mothering of the child. In each of these quadrants, I analyze mothers’ perceptions and what the qualitative data is telling us that we did take note of adequately before reading and analyzing this data.