n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - The role of the mother-daughter relationship with regard to intimacy in romantic relationships during young adulthood

Supplement 2
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


This study examined the relationship of separateness and connectedness in the mother-daughter relationship to sexual and nonsexual intimacy. The sample consisted of 100 university female students with a mean age of 21.83 years ( = 2.21). Participants completed a socio-demographic questionnaire, the Personal Assessment of Intimacy Questionnaire (PAIR) and the Competence in Mother-Daughter Relationships Questionnaire (ICQ-M). Separateness was found to be a significant predictor of nonsexual intimacy. These findings revealed that separateness in the mother-daughter relationship has a significant relationship with intimacy in that the more assertive and independent an individual is, the more likely she is to develop the capacity for intimacy in future romantic relationships. Further, sexual development and sexual orientation significantly predict nonsexual intimacy when separateness is controlled, thus illustrating that these variables increase the predictability of nonsexual intimacy in the mother-daughter relationship. These findings may contribute to society through use in therapeutic settings to amplify clients' awareness of how their current relationship dynamics may stem, in part or in whole, from characteristics of their relationships with their mothers.

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