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ERIC Number: EJ916057
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-0192-513X
Mothers' and Their Adult Daughters' Perceptions of Their Relationship
Bojczyk, Kathryn E.; Lehan, Tara J.; McWey, Lenore M.; Melson, Gail F.; Kaufman, Debra R.
Journal of Family Issues, v32 n4 p452-481 Apr 2011
This qualitative study explores mother-adult daughter relationships through in-depth, individual interviews with 24 adult daughters and their mothers (N = 48). Using a life-course perspective, the authors examined the kinds of themes that emerged in each woman's narrative and within each mother-daughter pair. Given the periods of adulthood under study, the authors expected and found themes reflecting complexity and ambivalence within the relationships. Themes related to intimacy and positive relationship qualities included generational continuity, closeness, emotional support, and family norms/values. Themes indicating autonomy and relationship difficulties--generational change, conflict, secrets, and maternal pressures--were also identified. Generational differences, as well as within-dyad divergence, were found most often in narratives about autonomy and relationship difficulties. The majority of mothers and daughters reevaluated their past relationship in light of their present ties. The place of narratives about adult family relationships in understanding the life course is emphasized. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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