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Altered Loves: Mothers and Daughters During Adolescence
     

Altered Loves: Mothers and Daughters During Adolescence

by Terri E. Apter
 

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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

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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.

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"An extraordinary book that speaks subtly and with great originality to the intricate dynamics of mother-daughter relationships during adolescence. I can't think of a better book for professionals or parents who wish to understand these matters."

-- Nancy J. Chodorow

Author of Femininities, Masculinities, Sexualities: Freud & Beyond

"Her eloquent message is reassuring to battle-weary veterans on both sides: peace is possible."

-- Newsweek

Terri Apter is a Research Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge. She is the author of Why Women Don't Have Wives: Professional Success and Motherhood. She lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in Cambridge, England.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312045340
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
08/10/1990
Pages:
239

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