Communication among Grandmothers, Mothers, and Adult Daughters: A Qualitative Study of Maternal Relationships

Communication among Grandmothers, Mothers, and Adult Daughters: A Qualitative Study of Maternal Relationships

Communication among Grandmothers, Mothers, and Adult Daughters: A Qualitative Study of Maternal Relationships

Communication among Grandmothers, Mothers, and Adult Daughters: A Qualitative Study of Maternal Relationships

Synopsis

This scholarly volume examines communications processes within the grandmother-mother-daughter relationship, emphasizing an intergenerational perspective. Miller-Day uses the device of layering to integrate and juxtapose alternative experiences of the social world. This allows the reader to be situated in the world of grandmothers, mothers, adult daughters, and granddaughters as they experience, describe, and analyze their family communication. The book describes and interprets the patterns of communication among female family members that provide symbolic links across generations. Drawing on eight months of qualitative research, using observations of and extensive interviews with six sets of middle-income, Caucasian female family members, this book provides a heuristic account of intergenerational mother-daughter relational communication. This book builds upon and extends earlier qualitative research to include the experiences of multiple families, as well as maternal grandmothers. With the inclusion of aged mothers as well as younger mid-life mothers and their adult daughters, Miller-Day seeks to illuminate how this relationship is experienced at different points in a woman's life. In addition, in studying three generations of women, she gathers multigenerational perspectives on family, and then examines these for patterns of maternal interaction transmitted across generational boundaries. Scholars and researchers in the areas of family communication, intergenerational communication, women's studies, family studies, interpersonal communication, relationships, and others (social workers, psychologists, counselors) who need to understand family communication processes and their dynamicsacross generational lines will all benefit from the wealth of material included in this volume.

Excerpt

This series from Lawrence Erlbaum Associates reviews the progress in the academic work on relationships in respect of a broad array of issues, and does so in an accessible manner that also illustrates its practical value. The LEA series also includes books intended to pass on the accumulated scholarship to both the next generation of students and those who deal with relationship issues in the broader world beyond the academy. The series thus comprises not only monographs and other academic resources that exemplify the multidisciplinary nature of this area, but also textbooks suitable for use in the growing numbers of courses on relationships.

The series provides a comprehensive and current survey of theory and research in personal relationships through the careful analysis of the problems encountered, and solved, in research, yet it additionally considers the systematic application of that work in a practical context. These resources are intended to be not only comprehensive assessments of progress on particular topics, but also significant influences on the future directions and development of the study of personal relationships. Although each volume is focused and centered, authors attempt to place their respective topics in the broader context of other research on relationships and within a range of wider disciplinary traditions. Thus, the series not only offers incisive and forward-looking reviews but also demonstrates the broader theoretical implications of relationships for the range of disciplines from which the research originates. Series volumes include original studies, reviews of relevant theories and research, and new theories oriented toward understanding personal relationships both in themselves and within the . . .

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