Maturing and aging together: Emerging adult grandchildren-grandparents relationships

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Relatively little research has examined the grandparent-adult grandchild relationship, although these relationships might play a more significant role than in the past, possibly impacting grandchildren's development and the adjustment of both parties. This chapter reviews different theoretical perspectives related to this bond and presents the special flavor of this bond during emerging adulthood resulting from the different developmental trajectories of grandparents and grandchildren that mutually influence one another. Empirical findings demonstrating large variation both within and between families regarding frequency of contact and quality of the relations are presented, as well as various contextual and demographic variables that might mediate and moderate these variations. Finally, the importance of studying this bond, future research directions, and possible implications are discussed. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford handbook of emerging adulthood
EditorsJeffrey Jensen Arnett
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780199795574
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016

Publication series

NameOxford library of psychology


  • Adult Development
  • Grandchildren
  • Grandparents
  • Emerging Adulthood
  • Relationship Quality
  • Interpersonal Relationships


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