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ERIC Number: EJ916276
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0192-513X
Changes in Grandchildren's Adult Role Statuses and Their Relationships with Grandparents
Monserud, Maria A.
Journal of Family Issues, v32 n4 p425-451 Apr 2011
This study examines the associations between grandchildren's (N = 1,170) adult role transitions and their contact with, and closeness to, grandparents, by drawing on data from Waves 2 and 3 of the National Survey of Families and Households. Findings indicate that this relationship is frequently contingent on the nature of the adult role in question, a specific dimension of intergenerational solidarity (i.e., contact vs. closeness), lineage, and grandparent's gender. The effect of grandchildren's adult roles on grandparent-grandchild ties may also differ for grandsons and granddaughters. The explanations suggested by relevant theoretical perspectives--the saliency of different roles, the similarity of life experiences between generations, and evaluations of adult role transitions--only partially account for the patterns of these associations. Future research should take into consideration the mediating role of parents, the geographic proximity, social opportunities and constraints related to grandchildren's adult roles, and grandparents' assistance for grandchildren. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Families and Households