Affectionate Communication Is Associated With Emotional and Relational Resources in the Grandparent-Grandchild Relationship

Daniel Hans Mansson, Kory Floyd, Jordan Soliz

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Abstract

Grounded in affection exchange theory (AET; Floyd, 2006), this study examined the extent to which affection received from grandparents is associated with grandchildren’s perceptions of their grandparents and their grandparent-grandchild relationship (in the form of emotional closeness, shared family identity, and perceived availability of social support). Young adult grandchildren (N = 171) completed several instruments in reference to their relationship with a specific grandparent. The results of multiple regression analyses generally supported the hypotheses that received affection is associated positively with grandchildren’s perceptions of their grandparents and their grandparent-grandchild relationship. These findings support AET’s utility in the grandparent-grandchild relationship and the notion that grandparents often influence their grandchildren’s perceptions of their family.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-103
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Intergenerational Relationships
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2017

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Keywords

  • Affection exchange theory
  • emotional closeness
  • grandchildren
  • grandparents
  • shared family identity
  • social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Archaeology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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