In the Italian social context difficulties in remaining in the labor market characterizes working mothers, leading them sometimes to resign from their jobs. The aim of this research is to explore narratives of those women dropping out of the workforce during pregnancy and soon after childbirth and their experiences in these circumstances. The study analysed 30 interviews with working mothers with an average age of 35.4 years, living in Naples, Italy, who "spontaneously" left their jobs. Grounded Theory Methodology allowed a deeper understanding of these women's thoughts, feelings, and experiences. The content of the interviews was categorized into 4 macro-areas: (1) The role of the family and of the working contexts, (2) Mothering and caregiving (3) Identity conflicts, and (4) The consequences of resignation. A sense of helplessness towards fulfilling maternal expectations, role assignments, and employers' requests ultimately led to the individuals' response to the requirements of motherhood. The narratives highlighted how respondents feel powerless and oppressed by the burden of guilt and feelings of ambivalence towards both work and motherhood and how all these subjective feelings were supported and had been induced by external social factors (discriminatory business strategies, organizational time management, lack of support services, familial cultural models idealizing maternity).

Helpless Mothers Dropping Out of the Workplace: The Italian Case of Voluntary Resignation / Manna, Valentina; Procentese, Fortuna; Arcidiacono, Caterina; DI NAPOLI, Immacolata. - In: THE QUALITATIVE REPORT. - ISSN 1052-0147. - 26:4(2021). [10.46743/2160-3715/2021.4490]

Helpless Mothers Dropping Out of the Workplace: The Italian Case of Voluntary Resignation

Manna Valentina;Procentese Fortuna;Arcidiacono Caterina;Di Napoli Immacolata
2021

Abstract

In the Italian social context difficulties in remaining in the labor market characterizes working mothers, leading them sometimes to resign from their jobs. The aim of this research is to explore narratives of those women dropping out of the workforce during pregnancy and soon after childbirth and their experiences in these circumstances. The study analysed 30 interviews with working mothers with an average age of 35.4 years, living in Naples, Italy, who "spontaneously" left their jobs. Grounded Theory Methodology allowed a deeper understanding of these women's thoughts, feelings, and experiences. The content of the interviews was categorized into 4 macro-areas: (1) The role of the family and of the working contexts, (2) Mothering and caregiving (3) Identity conflicts, and (4) The consequences of resignation. A sense of helplessness towards fulfilling maternal expectations, role assignments, and employers' requests ultimately led to the individuals' response to the requirements of motherhood. The narratives highlighted how respondents feel powerless and oppressed by the burden of guilt and feelings of ambivalence towards both work and motherhood and how all these subjective feelings were supported and had been induced by external social factors (discriminatory business strategies, organizational time management, lack of support services, familial cultural models idealizing maternity).
2021
Helpless Mothers Dropping Out of the Workplace: The Italian Case of Voluntary Resignation / Manna, Valentina; Procentese, Fortuna; Arcidiacono, Caterina; DI NAPOLI, Immacolata. - In: THE QUALITATIVE REPORT. - ISSN 1052-0147. - 26:4(2021). [10.46743/2160-3715/2021.4490]
File in questo prodotto:
Non ci sono file associati a questo prodotto.

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: https://hdl.handle.net/11588/858823
Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? ND
  • Scopus 1
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? 1
social impact