The Transmission of Birth Stories from Mother to Daughter: Self-Esteem and Mother–Daughter Attachment

The Transmission of Birth Stories from Mother to Daughter: Self-Esteem and Mother–Daughter... Sixty-two daughters provided narratives of their births and completed measures of self-esteem and mother–daughter attachment. Thirty-three of their mothers provided independent accounts of the births. Daughters who had heard the stories of their births more times wrote more descriptive and positive accounts and showed higher self-esteem and stronger attachment to their mothers than daughters who had heard the stories less often. Positivity of the mothers’ narratives was correlated with daughters’ self-esteem while descriptiveness of the mothers’ narratives was correlated with daughters’ levels of mother–daughter attachment. Raters blind to the identity of mothers and daughters made more successful matches between mothers’ and daughters’ stories for daughters with higher self-esteem and attachment. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sex Roles Springer Journals

The Transmission of Birth Stories from Mother to Daughter: Self-Esteem and Mother–Daughter Attachment

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Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2006 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Subject
Psychology; Gender Studies; Sociology, general; Medicine/Public Health, general
ISSN
0360-0025
eISSN
1573-2762
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11199-006-9090-3
Publisher site
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Abstract

Sixty-two daughters provided narratives of their births and completed measures of self-esteem and mother–daughter attachment. Thirty-three of their mothers provided independent accounts of the births. Daughters who had heard the stories of their births more times wrote more descriptive and positive accounts and showed higher self-esteem and stronger attachment to their mothers than daughters who had heard the stories less often. Positivity of the mothers’ narratives was correlated with daughters’ self-esteem while descriptiveness of the mothers’ narratives was correlated with daughters’ levels of mother–daughter attachment. Raters blind to the identity of mothers and daughters made more successful matches between mothers’ and daughters’ stories for daughters with higher self-esteem and attachment.

Journal

Sex RolesSpringer Journals

Published: Nov 17, 2006

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