ERIC Number: ED277945
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jan
The Role of Grandparenting in Building Family Strengths.
Orr, Clarice A.; Van Zandt, Sally
Grandparents play a vital role in the lives of their grandchildren. A midwest sample of 100 matched pairs of grandfathers and grandmothers and 70 individual grandmothers provided information specific to each of their 770 middle generation children and 1,254 grandchildren. The results revealed no significant correlation between emotional closeness and the geographical distance of grandparents and children/grandchildren, but there was a significant correlation between emotional closeness and frequency of contact. There were no significant correlations between satisfaction and geographical distance or between satisfaction and frequency of contact. Open-ended questions revealed many strengths of the intergenerational bonds. Grandparents extolled the joys of grandparenting in great detail. When asked about the negative aspects of grandparenting, the most frequent answer was that there was nothing bad about it; however, the next most frequent answer related to growing old. Grandparents' most frequent advice was to love the grandchildren and express that love to them. The six characteristics of strong families as previously researched by Dr. Nick Stinnett (1979) can be used as a framework to discuss ways that grandparents can strengthen their family life. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Symposium on Building Family Strengths (9th, Lincoln, NE, May 14-16, 1986).