Title

The Relationships Between Grandfathers and their Young Adult Grandchildren: An Exploratory Qualitative Study

Date

6-1-2017 11:15 AM

End Time

1-6-2017 11:30 AM

Location

WUC Calapooia Room

Department

Behavioral Sciences

Session Chair

Jaime Cloud

Session Title

Behavioral Sciences Symposium

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Margaret Manoogian

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

As older adults live longer and express satisfaction with grandparenting (Hayslip & Page, 2012), evaluation of this intergenerational relationship is warranted. Past research has focused on grandmothers, with little research explicitly investigating the experiences of grandfathers in families (Mann, 2007). Utilizing a convenience sample of grandfathers and young adult grandchildren (N = 32), this study investigates how older men enact the grandfathering role. Integrating a life course perspective, our research questions included: a) How do older men define and value their role as a grandfather? b) How do grandfathers and young adult grandchildren offer support and maintain family ties over time? c) How do grandfathers express generativity with their adult grandchildren? Preliminary results suggest that both grandfathers and grandchildren express ambivalence about how to effectively provide support while respecting one another’s agency and autonomy. Grandfathers also tend to underestimate their influence on their grandchildren’s development and well-being. Study findings have implications for recognizing the importance of the grandfather role across generations.

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Jun 1st, 11:15 AM Jun 1st, 11:30 AM

The Relationships Between Grandfathers and their Young Adult Grandchildren: An Exploratory Qualitative Study

WUC Calapooia Room

As older adults live longer and express satisfaction with grandparenting (Hayslip & Page, 2012), evaluation of this intergenerational relationship is warranted. Past research has focused on grandmothers, with little research explicitly investigating the experiences of grandfathers in families (Mann, 2007). Utilizing a convenience sample of grandfathers and young adult grandchildren (N = 32), this study investigates how older men enact the grandfathering role. Integrating a life course perspective, our research questions included: a) How do older men define and value their role as a grandfather? b) How do grandfathers and young adult grandchildren offer support and maintain family ties over time? c) How do grandfathers express generativity with their adult grandchildren? Preliminary results suggest that both grandfathers and grandchildren express ambivalence about how to effectively provide support while respecting one another’s agency and autonomy. Grandfathers also tend to underestimate their influence on their grandchildren’s development and well-being. Study findings have implications for recognizing the importance of the grandfather role across generations.