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

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

by Karen L. Fingerman
     
 

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

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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 women's 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
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1Aging Mothers and Adult Daughters
1Complexities of the Mother/Daughter Tie3
2The Mothers and Daughters in This Study14
2Positive Features of the Mother/Daughter Tie
3Theories About Mother/Daughter Ties37
4The Pleasure of Her Company52
3Problems in the Mother/Daughter Tie
5The Developmental Schism77
6The History of the Mother/Daughter Tie88
7A Problematic Encounter103
8Shared Perceptions of Problems131
4Mothers' and Daughters' Reactions to Problems
9Interpersonal Conflict and Communication149
10Mothers' and Daughters' Responses to Tensions158
11Once a Mother, Always a Mother178
References200
App. A: Methodological Decisions214
App. B: Interviews and Questionnaires217
Index231

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