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Motherhood Experts Available

Experts Available for Mother’s Day Stories

UC Riverside Expertise Covers Some of the Complexities of Motherhood

(May 6, 2003)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Faculty at the University of California, Riverside can help reporters dig deeper into the complexities of motherhood to shape an extraordinary feature story for Mother’s Day. The following sources can answer questions such as how a child with a severe disability, today’s welfare system or immigration affect modern mothering, or how motherhood has changed in America in recent decades?

• Professor of Education Jan Blacher: Blacher is concluding a 20-year study of 600 families of children with severe disabilities and how mothers in such families cope to coordinate a mix of doctor’s appointments, specialized treatment, home life, and sometimes careers. She is known nationally for her research on mental retardation and has served on a commission that wrote guidelines for the Social Security Administration on ways to improve their definition of disability, consistent with the best current scientific and community practices.
Office Telephone: (909) 787-3875

• Professor of Sociology Scott Coltrane: Coltrane has written extensively on family dynamics and gender roles. He has researched how dual-career couples balance career, housework, and family, how their priorities have changed over time, and how those shifts have also affected the way we view motherhood.
Additional Titles: Chairman, Department of Sociology and Associate Director of the Center for Family Studies
Office Telephone: (909) 787-3501

• Assistant Professor of Sociology Karen Pyke: Pyke has researched the children of Asian immigrants and has found much conflict around the images of family presented in the mainstream culture and their own immigrant family life. Mother's Day’s emphasis on an expressive display of love exemplifies one such conflict. Pyke is also affiliated with the UCR Center for Family Studies, where she is a Co-Principal Investigator on a qualitative study of parent-child relations and academic achievement among Mexican American students.
Office Telephone: (909) 787-2024

• Assistant Professor of Sociology Ellen Reese: Reese’s studies focus on the effects of welfare on low-income mothers and their involvement in welfare activism. Reese has also done research on the history of welfare reform in the U.S., especially the 1950s backlash against the social program.
Office Telephone: (909) 787-2930

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