Aging Mothers and Their Adult Daughters: A Case of Mixed by Karen Fingerman PhD

By Karen Fingerman PhD

"As a ways as i'm conscious, there isn't any different scholarly booklet on grownup mother/daughter relationships, relatively person who contains facts from pairs of moms and daughters...I think that the contents supply worthwhile fabric for teachers, researchers, and therapists alike." - Rosemary Blieszner, PhD Professor of Gerontology and relations experiences Virginia Polytechnic Institute and kingdom collage The mother/daughter tie is person who persists way past youth and it takes on special features as daughter input midlife and mohers input outdated age. Incorporating bright descriptions by means of moms and daughters approximately their relationships, this e-book addresses either the rewards and the prices that moms and daughters incur in conserving their relationships into outdated age. For psychologists, gerontologists, and sociologists, in addition to lecturers and researchers in women's and relatives reports.

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Although marital couples may divorce, it is rare for a mother and daughter to sever their tie. Their relation37 38 ::Positive Features of the Tie ship lasts a lifetime. When mothers are still healthy, the relationship serves as a social resource to both parties; mothers and daughters alike benefit from the other party's aid and assistance, from her emotional support and advice. Indeed, both women derive a sense of definition and identity from the mother/daughter tie. I am fascinated by the question of why mothers and daughters maintain such strong ties throughout their lives.

Therefore, we know little about the characteristics of the sample with regard to sexual orientation. Despite these limitations, this study provides insights into mother/ daughter relationships when women have advantages that mitigate the presence of external stresses. Such stresses have been associated Mothers and Daughters in This Study:: 23 with closer bonds between mothers and daughters who depend on one another for support, and also have been associated with increased tensions in this bond.

Rather than conduct a large study of hundreds of women, I chose to look at fewer women, but to use multiple methodologies to assess the mother/daughter tie. Each woman participated in an individual, face-to-face interview about her relationship with her mother or 16 ::Aging Mothers and Adult Daughters daughter. Each woman completed a lengthy questionnaire. Finally, mothers and daughters came together and completed a joint interview within 2 weeks of their initial individual interviews. A variety of approaches provided insights into the complexities of this relationship.

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