ERIC Number: ED309335
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Quality of Adult Daughters' Relationships with Their Mothers and Fathers: Effects on Daughters' Well-Being and Psychological Distress. Working Paper No. 175.
Barnett, Rosalind C.; And Others
Until recently, adult daughter-parent relationships have received little research attention. This study examined the quality of experiences adult daughters (N=308) have in their current relationships with their mothers and fathers and the effects of the quality of these relationships on the daughter's psychological well-being/distress. The sample of daughters was drawn from a larger, disproportionate, random, stratified sample of women ages 25 to 55, who were employed as social workers or licensed practical nurses, and who resided within a 25-mile radius of Boston. Quality of experience in the daughter role was assessed separately for the daughter-mother and daughter-father roles. Overall, daughters reported positive experiences with each parent. Having a positive relationship with one's parent(s) was associated with daughters' reports of high well-being. Having a poor relationship with one's mother was associated with reports of psychological distress, particularly among daughters who were not themselves married/partnered. Having a poor relationship with one's father was also associated with psychological distress, especially among daughters whose fathers were widowed. Race and social class variables were examined for their main and interactive effects on psychological well-being/distress. (Author/ABL)
Descriptors: Adult Children, Adults, Daughters, Fathers, Mothers, Parent Child Relationship, Stress Variables, Well Being
Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, Wellesley, MA 02181 ($4.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wellesley Coll., MA. Center for Research on Women.