Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Mother-Daughter Bond: Creating a Female Narrative Through Myth and Story
by Hakimzadeh, Sepideh, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2015, 52; 1691290
Abstract (Summary)

The mother-daughter bond is the first relationship in a woman’s life, and it serves as a foundation for forming her identity. Examining existing literature, this thesis explores the history and critiques of psychotherapy as they pertain to women and female psychology. Through a heuristic lens, the author’s personal narrative elucidates how one woman’s personal mythology is shaped by the mother-daughter bond and the likely importance of females sharing their experiences as women to create healthy female narratives. Themes of biculturalism interweave throughout the author’s narrative to demonstrate the possible complexities inherent in creating one’s identity as separate from one’s mother-daughter bond and ancestral history. An important implication of addressing female psychology through women’s narratives and cultural experiences is a better understanding of how psychotherapists may use the mother-daughter bond to assist in women clients’ individuation processes.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fontelieu, Sukey
Commitee:
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Womens studies, Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Female narratives, Individuation, Mother-daughter bonds, Myths
Publication Number: 1691290
ISBN: 9781321642674
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