The Journal of Human Relations
Online ISSN : 2433-1961
Print ISSN : 1340-8186
Grandchildren's relationships with their grandparents : Grandparenting perceived by late adolescent grandchildren.
Taka-aki OGAWA
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1996 Volume 3 Issue 1 Pages 1-14


Questionnaires were administered to college students. They answered about their relationships with their own living and dead grandparents. The analysis of their responses showed the following main results. (1)Among five styles of grandparenting identified by Neugarten & Weinstein, The Formal (60.8 %) Fun-seeking (27.0%) Parent Surrogte (6.9%) were evaluated as the best for grandfathers and those were (51.2%, 31.3%, 14.4% respectively) for grandmothers by late adolescent grandchildren. (2)When College students were asked to select an expected style of their parents' future grandparenting, the percentages of selections of each style were very similar to the above answer except Parent Surrogate was selected more often for their own mothers. (3)Their selection of a good style of grandparenting were correlated at least in part with their perceptions of their own grandparents' styles. (4)Grandchildren respected their grandmothers more than grandfathers. There were some differences between the reasons why grandmothers were respected by grandchildren and those for grandfathers. (5)Grandchildren who had lived in three generation households reported uncomfortable experiences with their grandparents more than grandchildren who had never lived in same households with their grandparents. However these two groups had similar levels of liking and respect for grandparents.

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