I Am a Better Mother Than My Own Mother – young and vulnerable mothers’ experiences of participation in a mother-child support group

The aim was to evaluate a support group for young vulnerable mothers. The frame of reference was phenomenological-hermeneutical; data was generated through nine semi-structured interviews, which were analyzed with systematic text condensation, as outlined by Malterud. Five themes were identified: a healthy life style – from junk food to vegetables, becoming a better mother, meeting like-minded others, being taught – preferably not too much like in school, and creating more time to talk. More specifically, the mothers experienced that they improved the quality of their food intake. Socially, it was a positive experience to meet mothers like themselves. The input and the guidance from professionals were helpful and instructive, but some sessions were too much like school. The mothers expressed a desire for more time to talk about their individual situations. In general, the mothers experienced improvements in their abilities as mothers.

Keywords: young mothers, vulnerable, mother-child group, support group