Transmitting relational worldviews: The relationship between mother-daughter memorable messages an adult daughters' romantic relational schemata

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Abstract

This study investigates memorable messages that daughters report hearing from their mothers about romantic relationships to examine the development of meaning in the content of parent-child communication and the ways in which these messages may affect and reflect adult daughters' relational worldviews. Findings from a study involving 149 adult daughters revealed 4 supra-categories of memorable messages: value self, characteristics of a good relationship, warnings, and value the sanctity of love. Moreover, statistical analyses reveal that memorable message types significantly related to daughter'sromantic relationship schemata as operationalized by Fitzptarick's (1988) couple types. Both message and couple type predicted intergenerational transmission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)458-479
Number of pages22
JournalCommunication Quarterly
Volume58
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2010

Keywords

  • Family Communication
  • Intergenerational Transmission
  • Memorable Messages
  • Mother-Daughter Communication
  • Relational Schemata

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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