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Mother-Child Relationships in Adolescence and Adulthood

  • By: Karen L. Fingerman, Shawn D. Whiteman & Aryn M. Dotterer
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

Throughout adolescence and into adulthood, mothers' relationships with their children grow more distant. They spend less time together, and children turn to other social ties (e.g., friends, romantic partners) for many supportive and social functions. Nevertheless, mothers remain ...

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