This study examines adolescent children's relationships with their grandparents from the perspective of children. The present research investigates whether the quantity and quality of the relationships between adolescents and their grandparents depends on the relationships between adolescents and their parents and between adolescents and their siblings. The research uses data from the second wave of the National Survey of Families and Households. The sample consists of 1,415 children age 10-17. Zero-order correlations and regression analysis are used to test the hypotheses. The results show that, consistent with the hypotheses, close relationships between children and parents have a positive impact on children's relationships with their grandparents. The findings also support expectations about the effects of age of the children on their relationships with their grandparents: older adolescents feel less close to their grandparents than younger adolescents. However, contrary to the hypotheses, the results show that granddaughters feel less close to their grandparents than grandsons. Additionally, grandchildren's relationships with siblings are positively related to their relationships with grandparents.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA
Koutilina, Maria A.
"Effects of Parent-Child Relationships on Grandparent-Grandchild Relationships: The Perspectives of Adolescent Children,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 7:
1, Article 43.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol7/iss1/43