Potentially stressful life events and emotional closeness between grandparents and adult grandchildren

Wood, Suzanne & Liossis, Poppy (2007) Potentially stressful life events and emotional closeness between grandparents and adult grandchildren. Journal of Family Issues, 28(3), pp. 380-398.

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The purpose of this study is to explore the variation in emotional closeness in the adult grandchild and grandparent relationship in relation to the occur-rence of potentially stressful life events in childhood. A sample of university students (N = 119) completed a questionnaire measuring elements of inter-generational solidarity. Comparisons were made on emotional closeness between groups that had and had not experienced a life event, revealing it was the grandparent’s enactment of normative solidarity, as perceived by the adult grandchild, that produced greater emotional closeness. Complementing the findings of Bengston and Roberts, this research supports the theoretical view that high levels of normative solidarity lead to greater affectual solidarity, which in turn produces higher associational solidarity.

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ID Code: 20989
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Intergenerational Solidarity, Stressful Life Events, Emotional Closeness
DOI: 10.1177/0192513X06293893
ISSN: 0192513X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Developmental Psychology and Ageing (170102)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Sage Publications
Copyright Statement: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Journal of Family Issues, Vol 28 Issue Number 3, 2007, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2007 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the JOurnal of Family Issues page: http://jfi.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/28/3/380
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Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:39

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