The main purpose of this study is to reveal the determinants of child rearing attitudes and behaviors of primary school students’ mothers in terms of abuse and neglect comparatively. In the research, study group was selected via Adult-Adolescent Parenting Inventory followed by in-depth interviews with 17 mothers (9 abusive and 8 non-abusive) whose children between the ages of 6-11, socio-economic income level and education level are low. The data were analyzed by Giorgi’s descriptive phenomenological method. The data collection process of the study was conducted with semi-structured interview forms. In line with the analyses, six main themes were obtained being "maternal heritage, characteristics of the mother, maternity identity, parenting relationship, family dynamics, working life and financial opportunities”. Sub-themes differ according to the abusive and non-abusive groups. In line with the findings, sources of mothers' attitudes and behaviors in child rearing were determined, and the contents of the main theme and sub-themes are presented in detail.
Keywords: Motherhood; child abuse, neglect; child rearing attitude