ERIC Number: ED212387
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jul-24
Reference Count: N/A
Mother Daughter Relationships: From Infancy to Adulthood. Unit for Child Studies Selected Papers Number 15.
Topics related to characteristics of mother/daughter relationships in contemporary patriarchal societies are discussed in this seminar paper. The first section describes cases intended to illustrate ways patriarchal social structures limit contemporary mother/daughter relationships, provides a brief historical contrast, and suggests possible explanations of how and why mother/daughter relationships become ambivalent and sometimes negative. In the second section, the contemporary context of mother/daughter relationships is examined. Topics discussed include patriarchal fears and contempt of women, restricted patriarchal models for female identity, and outcomes of maternal guilt and ambivalence, as well as daughters' rage at mothers and the threat of men to the mother/daughter relationship. Images of women in literature are briefly discussed. Against this background the third section discusses the development of self and identity in the mother/daughter relationship from birth through the preschool years, middle childhood, and adolescence, to identity in young adulthood. Problems of sex role autonomy and identity development in middle childhood, nurturance, identity development in preadolescence and sex differences in parental response to adolescent autonomy are among the topics discussed. The fourth and final section offers suggestions for mothers seeking help with problems in their relationships with their daughters. (Author/RH)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Daughters, Family Problems, Guidelines, Individual Development, Males, Mothers, Parent Child Relationship, Power Structure, Psychological Patterns, Self Concept, Sex Role, Social Problems, Social Structure, Therapy
Unit for Child Studies, School of Education, University of New South Wales, P.O. Box 1, Kensington, NSW 2033, Australia ($2.00; payment should be made in Australian dollars).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New South Wales Univ., Kensington (Australia). School of Education.