Detroit Mother-Daughter Communication Patterns:
Daughter File, 1978
This study examined patterns of communication between mothers and daughters
about sex roles and sexual behavior and assessed the impact of varying communication
patterns on the sexual and contraceptive knowledge and behaviors of daughters.
The study sample consisted of 449 mothers of 14- or 15-year old daughters enrolled
in the Detroit public schools; the daughters constituted a separate sample.
A total of 1,935 mother-daughter pairs were invited to participate in the study;
449 (or 23%) accepted. Data were collected via in-person interviews and included,
in addition to the topics noted above, mothers' marital and childbearing histories,
knowledge about contraception, childrearing attitudes and behaviors, attitudes
and knowledge regarding daughters' social and sexual behavior, sex-role attitudes,
and aspirations for daughter.
Data collected from the daughters included patterns of communication with mothers about sex roles and sexual behavior, sexual and contraceptive knowledge and behaviors, educational activities and plans, family structure, relationships with family members, and social activities.
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