A recent survey conducted by Edible Arrangements found that 44% of Americans aged 18-54 have three or more maternal figures in their lives, and one in five (20%) have five or more.
The main women who "assume" this extra maternal figure are the friends (36%), the grandparents (22%) and the mothers-in-law (22%).
The study also revealed that while the Millennium generation considers their mother to be the main maternal figure (87%), it is more likely to have more "other mothers" than older generations. Almost one in two generation Y people has three or more maternal figures, including relatives such as grandmother (26%), aunt (23%) and mother-in-law (20%) and non-relatives such as friends (36%), co-workers (15%), mentors (14%) and teachers (15%).
In relation to women specifically, the study found that not only do they have several maternal figures in their lives, but one in three (32%) is also a mother figure for three or more people, not including their own children. They also recognize that they are always, or almost always, remembered on Mother's Day by someone other than their own child.
The study was based on a March 2019 survey conducted by AYTM, an independent study platform, and commissioned by Edible Arrangements. 1,500 people participated in the USA, aged over 18 years.