There is a mother, Ann, who has a stereotypical 'good' personality: she is religious, a teacher, and a very generous lady.
Her daughter, Emily, isn't the nicest lady: she whines a lot, insults people, and is ignorant to her family history.
My professor asked to mention in my essay that Emily's personality was an 'un-improvement', as compared to her mother's.
I can't find a way to say this without sounding awkward. What I have so far is: "Emily's personality shows a degraded structure as the generations of her family trickle down." I already know that I do not want to use that sentence: it sounds awful and confusing, in my opinion (I can bet that you had to read it twice before understanding what I was trying to say). Can anyone else think of a way I could say this?