The relationship between grandparent satisfaction, meaning, and generativity

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Thiele, Diane M. and Whelan, Thomas Anthony. (2008) The relationship between grandparent satisfaction, meaning, and generativity. International Journal of Aging and Human Development. 66(1), pp. 21 - 48. https://doi.org/10.2190/AG.66.1.b
AuthorsThiele, Diane M. and Whelan, Thomas Anthony
Abstract

This study investigated predictors of grandparent satisfaction. Participants were 149 non-custodial grandparents (100 grandmothers, 49 grandfathers) aged up to 80 years. They completed grandparent satisfaction, meaning, and generativity scales, and indicated levels of weekly childcare contact with grandchildren. As expected, increasing levels of generativity predicted greater satisfaction, as did valued elder and centrality meanings. Unexpectedly, reinvolvement, immortality, and indulgence meanings were not predictors, nor was childcare contact. There was only partial support for grandparent gender as a predictor: being a grandmother predicted greater satisfaction, but this effect disappeared when the meaning and generativity variables were included in the analysis. In conclusion, the findings highlight the significance the role can have for many grandparents. Grandparenting can be satisfying because it provides a sense of purpose, and feeling of being valued during middle and later life when generative developmental needs are greatest.

Year2008
JournalInternational Journal of Aging and Human Development
Journal citation66 (1), pp. 21 - 48
PublisherBaywood Publishing Co., Inc.
ISSN0091-4150
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.2190/AG.66.1.b
Page range21 - 48
Research GroupSchool of Philosophy
Place of publicationUnited States of America
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