ERIC Number: ED262358
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Age and Gender Differences in Perceived Grandparenting Responsibilities.
Thomas, Jeanne L.; Sanders, Linda M.
Recognizing the salience of the family in middle and later life, researchers have recently shown increased interest in grandparenting. Population trends which suggest that grandparenting is an experience relevant to many individuals and families for longer periods of time than ever before emphasize the need to examine grandparenting as an experience that changes over time. The consideration of age differences in perceptions of grandparenting is an initial step toward that goal. Age and sex differences in perceived grandparenting responsibilities were examined in 277 grandparents in three age groups (45-60 years, 61-69 years, and 70-90 years) who completed measures of perceptions of grandparenting experience. An age group by gender multiple analysis of variance indicated that younger grandparents expressed greater responsibility for disciplining, caretaking, and offering childrearing advice. Compared to grandmothers, grandfathers expressed greater responsibilites for caretaking and offering childrearing advice. When number of grandchildren and grandchildren's ages were statistically controlled, younger grandparents and grandfathers expressed greater responsibility for offering childrearing advice; grandfathers also expressed greater responsibility for caretaking. These findings may be interpreted with respect to possible developmental changes in grandparenting and cohort differences in perceptions of grandparenthood. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wisconsin Univ. - Parkside, Kenosha.
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