Includes bibliographical references (p. 265-269) and index.
The mother/daughter plot -- "You're not listening!" : the battle for recognition -- "Let me live my own life!" : why teenage girls are insulted by parental concern -- "She can pick an argument out of thin air!" : what lies behind teenage irritability -- Power struggle : the choreography of status -- Learning to fight : friendship and conflict -- Portraits of mother/daughter meltdown -- My mother, my father : two different relationships -- "I'm too fat!" : the ambiguity of physical growth -- "I know that already!" : sex talk -- "So that's how you feel!" : how conflict can lead to closeness -- The life-long dialogue.