ERIC Number: ED240472
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Change and Diversity in Grandparenting Experience.
Thomas, Jeanne L.; Datan, Nancy
In this study, change over time in grandparenting experience, sex differences in grandparenting, and differences among relationships with different grandchildren were explored. Thirteen grandmothers and six grandfathers were interviewed; content analysis and thematic analysis of interview transcripts were performed. Grandparents described changes over time in activities with grandchildren, and in the satisfactions and stresses of grandparenting; in accounting for these changes, grandparents most often referred to age-related changes in grandchildren. Men and women differed in activities shared with grandchildren, in sources of satisfaction and stress in grandparenting, in the personal significance of grandparenting, and in changes over time in grandparenting experience. Finally, many grandparents behaved differently with grandsons and granddaughters, although most of these grandparents believed that boys and girls should be treated the same way. We conclude that grandparenting is most usefully viewed as a developmental process, that grandparents act as sex role socialization agents, and that the findings support a model of reciprocal structuring of the life cycle. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (91st, Anaheim, CA, August 26-30, 1983).