Insane mothers: an historical approach

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Watts, A 2014, 'Insane mothers: an historical approach', presentation to the Psychology Colloquia 2014, Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour campus, 2 May.

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Alison's presentation draws from thirty-one mothers' mental patient files, including a family member, from one mental institution in Melbourne, Australia from the interwar years: 1920 to 1936. Alison uses feminist, historical approaches in her research to investigate the relationship between gender, motherhood, and mental disorder in the early twentieth century, Australian context.