Crossing Borders in Search of the Mother-Daughter Story: Interdependence Across Time and Distance
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Alliance for Children and Families
Families in Society
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Although studies have identified the importance of the mother–daughter relationship and of familism in Mexican culture, there is little in the literature about the mother–daughter experience after daughters have migrated to the United States. This study explores relationships between three daughters in America and their mothers in Mexico, and describes ways in which interdependence between mothers and daughters can be maintained when they are separated by borders and distance. Data collection included prolonged engagement with participants, field notes, and tape-recorded interviews. Narrative analysis techniques were used. Findings suggest mother–daughter interdependence remains. Some aspects may change, but the mother–daughter connection continues to influence lives and provide emotional and, to a lesser extent, material support in their lives.
Belknap, Ruth, "Crossing Borders in Search of the Mother-Daughter Story: Interdependence Across Time and Distance" (2008). College of Nursing Faculty Research and Publications. 88.
Published version. Families in Society, Vol. 89, No. 4 (2008): 631-639. DOI. © 2008 Alliance for Children and Families. Reprinted with permission from Families in Society (www.FamiliesInSociety.org), published by the Alliance for Children and Families.