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The interplay of menarche and individuation of the mother-daughter relationship in pre-adolescent girls

  • Referring to the work of Steinberg (1988), two hypotheses were tested: Does menarche intensify the individuation process of the mother-daughter relationship? ("distancing hypothesis") and do conflicts between mothers and daughters speed up the onset of menarche? ("acceleration hypothesis"). Additionally, the significance of different family-structures to these processes is considered. Data was collected in a three wave panel. Sixty-eigth girls aged ten at the first wave were observed in a playing situation with their mothers and questioned about their menarche. The hypotheses were partly confirmed by logistic and hierarchical regression analyses: Menarche led to more controlling and less egalitarian behavior of the mothers. Girls' separating behavior preceded menarche immediately and therefore wasn't interpreted as an acceleration effect. Comparing nuclear and stepfamilies to single mother families, in the former families mothers were more controlling and less egalitarian and the girls were less separating. The interplay of pubertyReferring to the work of Steinberg (1988), two hypotheses were tested: Does menarche intensify the individuation process of the mother-daughter relationship? ("distancing hypothesis") and do conflicts between mothers and daughters speed up the onset of menarche? ("acceleration hypothesis"). Additionally, the significance of different family-structures to these processes is considered. Data was collected in a three wave panel. Sixty-eigth girls aged ten at the first wave were observed in a playing situation with their mothers and questioned about their menarche. The hypotheses were partly confirmed by logistic and hierarchical regression analyses: Menarche led to more controlling and less egalitarian behavior of the mothers. Girls' separating behavior preceded menarche immediately and therefore wasn't interpreted as an acceleration effect. Comparing nuclear and stepfamilies to single mother families, in the former families mothers were more controlling and less egalitarian and the girls were less separating. The interplay of puberty and individuation is discussedshow moreshow less

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Author:Beate H. Schuster
ISSN:0049-8637
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Year of first Publication:2004
Year of Completion:2004
Release Date:2017/03/24
Source:Zeitschrift für Entwicklungspsychologie und pädagogische Psychologie. - ISSN 0049-8637. - 36 (2004), 3, S. 160 - 168
Organizational units:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Strukturbereich Bildungswissenschaften / Department Erziehungswissenschaft
Peer Review:Referiert
Institution name at the time of publication:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Pädagogik
Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft