Psicologia em Estudo
Print version ISSN 1413-7372
DIAS, Ana Cristina Garcia and LOPES, Rita de Cássia Sobreira. Representations of motherhood of young mothers and their mothers. Psicol. estud. [online]. 2003, vol.8, n.spe, pp. 63-73. ISSN 1413-7372. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-73722003000300009.
This study had the purpose to investigate the representation of maternity from 10 young mothers and their mothers. Through an interview, they were requested to describe themselves as mothers, their mothers (or daughters) as mothers and describe how a good mother should be. No significant discrepancies were observed among the mothers and daughters descriptions. There was an appreciation of characteristics linked to the affection. It was not observed, from the daughters part, a conscious desire to be different from their mothers. The characteristics more emphasized by the daughters than by the mothers seem to indicate the emergency of new values related to the maternity.
Keywords : Representation; maternity; intergenerational researches.