Journeys of Women Without Custody by Ph.D. Annette Mayo Pagano
From Ambivalence to Renewed Sense of Self (Expanded Edition)

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Through the changing mores of American society, we have become tolerant of non-traditional families and flexible gender roles. When families experience the trauma of divorce, they have to adapt the best they can to altered economic and social circumstances. And while we smile indulgently at the concept of "Mr.Mom," the bumbling father who gamely throws himself into the difficult tasks of homemaking and nurturing children, we still harshly judge the mother who, for whatever reason, has relinquished or lost custody of her children. For many, that woman is a modern-day Medea; perceived to have sacrificed her children to satisfy her own selfish wants and needs. Non-custodial mothers and their image in society are the subject of this in-depth, compassionate study by Annette Mayo Pagano, Ph.D. Through a series of revealing interviews, Dr. Pagano examines the lives of nine women from all walks of life who redefine the role of mother in this non-traditional context.

About Ph.D. Annette Mayo Pagano

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I was born January 15, 1952, previously married (10 yrs), divorced, and currently together/married for over 20 years. I have three children from the first marriage, two boys and a girl (30, 28, and 26). I have a son (10) with my husband Gerry. Critics may say that being a non-custodial mother may bias my work. I think it infuses the book and makes the writing more evocative. My sense of place, like many women I believe is multifaceted. It is the place of mother, wife, women, distant parent, academic, social scientist and all the traditions that go along with those places. As a researcher, a developmental psychologist and a passionate teacher. I feel strongly about the importance of changing societal stereotypes about the roles that men and women play when it comes to being a caregiver. The kind of person to enjoy this book can be anyone from non-custodial mothers, academics, clinicians, therapists, counselors or lawyers. The writing style is not heavy and thick with concepts and I try to stay away from "heady"" conceptualizations in "Journeys of Women Without Custody". I am deeply moved to have had the opportunity to provide voices for women to tell about their non-custodial experience. I am merely the researcher who formulated the experience into a theoretical framework.
Published October 12, 2006 by AuthorHouse. 248 pages
Genres: . Non-fiction

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