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Constructing Motherhood and Daughterhood Across the Lifespan


Edited By Allison M. Alford and Michelle Miller-Day

Constructing Motherhood and Daughterhood Across the Lifespan explores the complex dynamics between mother and daughter over the lifespan. The editors believe that these vital family roles are socially and communicatively constructed, shaped, and molded as mothers and daughters navigate, respond to, and negotiate cultural and familial discourses. Aimed at undergraduate students, this timely book includes course activities and discussion questions in every chapter and a complete term syllabus to enhance a professor’s teaching, providing a smooth route for adoption as a course text. The book also builds on and contributes to the critical and theoretical research in family communication, media studies, and gender studies, delving into the nuanced communication surrounding motherhood and daughterhood in the United States.

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Chapter Seventeen: Communicating About Mental Health in the Mother-Daughter Dyad (Leah M. Seurer)


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Communicating About Mental Health IN THE Mother-Daughter Dyad


“Do you think it’s time that you went and talked to someone?”

I shifted my gaze from my kitchen window to my mother. “Talk to someone? Like who?”

“Like your primary physician maybe? You haven’t been yourself for months.”

“I’m not going on meds, mom.” I sighed, “I’m not depressed. I’m stressed and I’m sad.”

“Well depressed or not, you could at least go talk to someone about this. You don’t have to figure it out by yourself.”

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