The purpose of the study was to examine the relation of mother daughter relationship to self-esteem of the adult daughters. The sample was consisting of 426 female university students with a mean age of 21.62 (SD= 2.35). The Mother-Adult Daughter Questionnaire (MAD) (Rastogi, 1995), and The Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (Rosenberg, 1965) were used to gather data. Multiple regression analysis was conducted to evaluate how well the three dimensions of mother daughter relationship (connectedness, interdependency and trust in hierarchy) predicted the self-esteem of the daughters. The results show that connectedness positively and interdependency negatively correlated to self-esteem of the daughters. (C) 2013 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.