ERIC Number: ED305560
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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Mothers and Daughters/Daughters and Mothers: An Unbroken Cycle in Female Development.
Nickerson, Eileen T.
This document begins by noting that during the first half of this century, the relationship of mothers and daughters existed under a cloud of suspicion, and that only recently has this relationship been deemed worthy of reflection and study. It surveys the research and theoretical literature on the mother-daughter relationship, delineates the crucial nature of this relationship as it pertains to female development, and highlights aspects of this relationship meriting further study. It recognizes that the concentration on the extremes of the life span--the daughter in childhood, the mother in old age--has tended to distort views of the mother-daughter relationship during the adult years. The most significant findings reported are that for the overwhelming majority of women, mothers impact significantly and positively on their daughters' lives. It is suggested that the mother-daughter relationship begins as a close and supportive one and that, despite the male, androcentric insistence on separation and the viscissitudes of adolescence, ends up being such that mothers and their adult daughters often view each other as best friends and significant sources of mutual esteem and support. It is concluded that mother-daughter relationships remain an unbroken cycle of connectedness and caring in female development. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Counseling and Development (Boston, MA, March 15-18, 1989).