ERIC Number: ED277910
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Parents' Desires for Grandparents' Childrearing Involvement: Empirical Findings and Policy Implications.
Thomas, Jeanne L.; Settersten, Richard A., Jr.
Most middle-aged and older adults today have the opportunity for long-term involvement with their grandchildren. An exploratory study was conducted to examine parents' desires for grandparents' involvement in grandchildren's upbringing. Parents (N=79) described ideal levels of grandparents' involvement in caretaking, disciplining, and advising. The results showed that ideal level of caretaking involvement significantly exceeded ideal levels of disciplining or advising involvement. Ideal levels of disciplining and advising involvement did not differ. Parent and family characteristics predicted ideal levels of grandparents' involvement. However, path analysis did not support hypotheses of causal linkages between these characteristics and desires for grandparents' involvement. Conclusions are that parents welcome grandparents' involvement in childrearing more than earlier research suggests, and that views of grandparents' involvement vary with family structure. Research including larger samples and identifying means through which parents convey their views to grandparents would further clarify the nature of grandparenthood. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wisconsin Univ. - Parkside, Kenosha.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations (Dearborn, MI, November 3-7, 1986).