Japanese Journal of Family Relations
Online ISSN : 2433-765X
Print ISSN : 0915-4752
Volume 36
Displaying 1-16 of 16 articles from this issue
Special Issue Symposium: Earthquake Disasters and Women
  • Aya OKUBO
    2017 Volume 36 Pages 29-41
    Published: December 01, 2017
    Released on J-STAGE: May 09, 2018

      The aim of this paper is to discuss the conflicts and strategies of mothers regarding the existence and relationships of siblings by describing the choices the mothers of children with developmental disabilities make about bearing a second child and the experiences they have in the process of raising several children who include a child with a developmental disability. The paper analyzes data from interviews with 20 mothers with children with developmental disabilities from the perspectives of “opting to bear a second child,” “raising several children,” and “strategies to protect the children.”

      In the process of deciding whether or not to bear a second child, and while struggling to take care of the first child, mothers wavered between the possibility that the second child might have the same characteristics as the first child and the hope that the existence of a second child would have a good effect on the first child. While the mothers who chose to raise several children had considerable feelings of guilt toward the subsequent children, they were using strategies in a variety of situations to make not only the child with a disability but all the children happy.

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  • Jin HOAH
    2017 Volume 36 Pages 43-54
    Published: December 01, 2017
    Released on J-STAGE: May 09, 2018

      This study examined changes in the childbirth policies of North Korea and people's reactions, focusing on women's thoughts and actions related to birth control. In this research, interviews were conducted with 11 female refugees through semi-structured conversations about their experiences of childbirth. According to previous studies, North Korea has had three population policies since 1953. These national policies have influenced women's birth-control behavior. But North Korean women were not just passive, and they also behaved as active agents. However, because of a social structure that restricts women's autonomous behavior, their reproductive health and rights have been exposed to risk.

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