04/23/2012 08:04 am ET

Aging Moms Prefer Daughter To Hubby, Study Finds

Debby calls her 26-year-old daughter Beth three times a day – and might add a few daily texts on top of that.
Mother and daughter, both of whom live in Denver, are close, much more so than when Beth was a teenager.

“We talk about health, work, food, shopping – just touching base,” said Debby, 60, who was shy about using her last name. “I am just checking to see if she’s alive.”

A study published this week in the Journal of Scientific Reports, suggests that as women age, they shift their focus of intimacy from their husbands to adult daughters — even as their husbands continue to retain their wives as their closest confidantes.

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