Mothers and Daughters

  • Phyllis R. Magrab
Part of the Women in Context: Development and Stresses book series (WICO, volume 2)


As women, we carry our mothers with us in every breath, in every decision, in every success, and in every failure. There is no escaping that often tender, but many times painful, bond that holds us captive to our death. As our first mirror of life and the world, mother serves as protector, guide, and interpreter through the maze of womanhood and our culture. Our first sense of self is as an extension of mother, and the struggle for independence lies in the eternal conflict of this symbiotic bond and the will toward oneness. Through this, mother stands as a lasting model and a touchstone in our lives.


Mother Surrogate Adult Daughter Sexual Rivalry Assertiveness Training Ideal Mother 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Phyllis R. Magrab
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  1. 1.Department of PediatricsGeorgetown University Medical SchoolUSA

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