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Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is categorized by individuals experiencing symptoms, such as bloating, cravings, and emotional dysregulation, beginning one to two weeks before menstruation that interfere with their daily lives. PMS is experienced by much of the female population; specifically, around 40% of women experience moderate to severe PMS symptoms (Ussher, 2003). It has been shown that familial relationships can affect one’s emotional state in a multitude of settings, and a mother-daughter relationship is one of the most important, yet conflictual, relationships in a daughter’s life (Brooks-Gunn & Paikoff, 1997). The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of perceived maternal support during daughters’ childhood and discover whether it impacts their PMS symptoms moving forward. A convenience sample of undergraduate participants was collected through the SONA recruitment system at Bridgewater State University. Twelve participants were interviewed individually, and interviews lasted between 30-60 minutes. Interviews were then transcribed, coded, and analyzed using thematic analysis. Three main themes were discovered, including maternal support, gender bonding and modeling, and coping with PMS. Findings from this research are useful for those who are looking for more information on PMS and the impact maternal support may play in symptom intensity.



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Dr. Theresa E. Jackson, Thesis Advisor

Dr. Elizabeth Spievak, Committee Member

Dr. Joseph Schwab, Committee Member

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Original document was submitted as an Honors Program requirement. Copyright is held by the author.

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