ERIC Number: ED228576
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Relations with Grandparents as a Predictor of Adolescents' Attitudes toward the Elderly.
Baranowski, Marc D.
Research examining the relationship between the frequency of grandchildrens' contact with grandparents and attitudes toward the elderly has produced conflicting results. In order to determine what kinds of contact between young people and their grandparents were meaningful and important to adolescents, interviews were conducted with 32 adolescents (16 males and 16 females). Based on their responses, seven questions were constructed to produce a measure of quality of grandparent-grandchild interaction. High school students (N=390) completed this questionnaire, as well as questions about demographics and frequency of contact with grandparents, an empathy scale, and the Aging Opinion Survey. Analyses of results supported the previously documented importance of grandparents as family historians and showed that grandparents often influence the parent-child relationship by talking about what the child's parents were like when younger. Results also showed that grandparents play a role in their grandchildren's lives by teaching skills, hobbies, and sports. Findings suggest that quality of interaction with grandparents is a significant predictor of attitudes, while frequency of contact with a favorite grandparent is not. (PAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Maine Univ., Orono.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (Washington, DC, October 13-16, 1982). Research was supported by a grant from the Life Sciences and Agricultural Experiment Station, Maine Univeristy at Orono.