Maternal Navigational Strategies: Examining Mother-Daughter Dyads in Adolescent Families of Color

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Tracy R. Nichols, Associate Professor and Doctoral Program Coordinator (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Mother—daughter relationships are critical to the health and well-being of adolescent girls. Understanding mothers’ and daughters’ perspectives on the relationship can inform health promotion strategies that may benefit both. In-depth semistructured interviews were conducted with mothers (N = 12) and their adolescent daughters (N = 16). Narrative profiles were constructed to identify participants’ perceptions of each other and the relationship. Profiles were condensed into analytic poems that were compared and contrasted across roles and within and across dyads. Maternal navigational strategies of protection and preparation, and subthemes of maternal self-protection and daughter reverse protection emerged. The fabric of maternal strategies changed by girls’ developmental stage, with mothers of older daughters describing an interweaving of protection and preparation. Suggestions for future family nursing and health promotion research and campaigns are provided.

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Journal of Family Nursing, 16(4), 394-421
Language: English
Date: 2010
adolescent, adolescence, mother - daughter relationships, transition, maternal strategies, families of color

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