Mothers and Their Adult Daughters: Mixed Emotions, Enduring Bonds / Edition 1

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The mother-daughter tie takes on unique characteristics as daughters enter midlife and mothers enter old age. Incorporating vivid descriptions by mothers and daughters about their relationships, this book addresses both the rewards and the difficulties mothers and daughters experience in maintaining their relationships into old age. Based on interviews with 48 mothers over age 70 and their adult daughters, Dr. Fingerman begins with an overview of this relationship, which, she points out, can be distinguished from other social ties by the strength of the mother-daughter bond. Next she discusses the positive features of this bond and various theories about its social and psychological nature. This discussion is followed by an examination of problems encountered between mothers and daughters. The last section looks at reactions of mothers and daughters to tensions, conflicts, communication problems, and other difficulties.
This excellent study will be of interest not only to researchers in womenÆs and family studies, but any mother and daughter.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591020288
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,161,201
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen L. Fingerman, Ph.D., is assistant professor of Human Development and Family Studies and Faculty Affiliate with the Gerontology Center at Pennsylvania State University.
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Table of Contents

1 Aging Mothers and Adult Daughters
1 Complexities of the Mother/Daughter Tie 3
2 The Mothers and Daughters in This Study 14
2 Positive Features of the Mother/Daughter Tie
3 Theories About Mother/Daughter Ties 37
4 The Pleasure of Her Company 52
3 Problems in the Mother/Daughter Tie
5 The Developmental Schism 77
6 The History of the Mother/Daughter Tie 88
7 A Problematic Encounter 103
8 Shared Perceptions of Problems 131
4 Mothers' and Daughters' Reactions to Problems
9 Interpersonal Conflict and Communication 149
10 Mothers' and Daughters' Responses to Tensions 158
11 Once a Mother, Always a Mother 178
References 200
App. A: Methodological Decisions 214
App. B: Interviews and Questionnaires 217
Index 231
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