When mothers turn to their adolescent daughters: Predicting daughters' vulnerability to negative adjustment outcomes

Susan Silverberg Koerner, Stephanie L. Jacobs, Meghan Raymond

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Abstract

Mother-to-daughter disclosure regarding two sensitive topic areas - financial concerns and complaints/anger toward the ex-husband (the adolescent girl's father) - was examined in a sample of 62 mother/adolescent-daughter dyads following the mother's divorce. Most mothers in the current sample have disclosed to their daughters on these two topics, but with varying levels of detail and diverse motivations. Daughter perceptions of maternal disclosure were associated with daughter psychological distress, regardless of daughter age.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-309
Number of pages9
JournalFamily Relations
Volume49
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2000
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adjustment
  • Adolescence
  • Boundaries
  • Disclosure
  • Divorce
  • Mother-daughter relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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