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ERIC Number: ED363398
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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The Influence of Ethnicity on Grandparent-Grandchild Relations Subsequent to the Divorce of an Adult Child.
Raco, Antoinette; And Others
The study reported here addressed two major issues: (1) what role does ethnicity play in the changing roles and perceptions of grandmothers subsequent to the divorce of an adult child; and (2) what is the effect of this changing role upon the grandmothers' perceived contact with their grandchildren. Subjects were 47 grandmothers from Italian communities in Montreal, Canada. The control group consisted of 27 grandmothers with a married adult child; the experimental group consisted of 20 grandmothers with an adult child who was separated or divorced. All subjects completed the Grandparent-Grandchild Relationship inventory. A multivariate analysis of variance demonstrated a significant difference in the two groups' perceived relationship with their grandchild. Grandmothers from the experimental group perceived having less contact with their grandchildren than did grandmothers from the control group. This result is inconsistent with results reported in earlier similar studies, which indicated that grandmother-grandchild contact increased after the breakdown of the grandchild's parents' marriage. The results of the present study suggest that grandmothers of Italian origin, to whom the sanctity of the family is of extreme importance, react to divorce in a manner that is distinct from their mainstream counterparts, and that social services that aim to facilitate adaptation to divorce should be developed with this distinction in mind. (MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Montreal)