ERIC Number: ED292016
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
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Men's Perceptions of Grandfatherhood.
Baranowski, Marc D.; And Others
While husbands and fathers have attracted the attention of family researchers, grandfathers have received much less attention. This study was conducted to explore meanings associated with grandfatherhood, especially with regard to grandfathers' age and health. Questionnaires and interviews were conducted to examine grandfather-grandchild interaction patterns and the personal meaning of grandfatherhood. Subjects were 106 men between the ages of 40 and 84 years. A modified random-digit telephone dialing procedure was used to contact a random sample of households from which participants were recruited. Kivnik's measure of perceived meaning of grandparenthood was used to obtain information on the personal dimensions of grandfathering. It was found that older grandfathers tended to have less contact with grandchildren than did younger grandfathers. The gender of the grandchild was not a significant predictor of frequency or type of interaction. All five of the grandparenthood meaning factors correlated positively with age, three significantly: reinvolvement, centrality, and indulgence scores were higher for older grandfathers. In addition, the lower a grandfather scored on a self-rated measure of health, the more likely he was to agree that he gave more than he received in relationships with grandchildren. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations (49th, Atlanta, GA, November 14-19, 1987). The research presented in this document was supported by the Maine Agricultural Experiment Station.