Are mothers jealous of their developing daughters? Do mothers and daughters remain attached during adolescence, or is an early mother-child bond severed and never formed again? What does adolescence feel like to a girl who is beginning to experience the first fears and pleasures of growing up and becoming a woman?
Drawing on detailed interviews with mothers and daughters from Terri Apter's research in Britain and America, and from recent psychological studies of family interaction, Altered Loves is a frank, moving, and insightful examination of this crucial time in a woman's life. Apter shows that contrary to the classical view of adolescence as a stage in which daughters reject their mothers, adolescent daughters often remain strongly attached to them. The strife that characterizes this period is actually the result of trying to renegotiate a valued relationship.
Altered Loves explodes conventional myths and theories about mother-daughter relationships and offers new and valuable insights that will help mothers remember and daughters understand the delicate, painful, and complex process of becoming a woman.