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Understanding adolescent grandchildren's influence on their grandparents

Alice Delerue Matos and Rita Borges Neves

in Contemporary grandparenting

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9781847429681
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307624 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847429681.003.0010
Understanding adolescent grandchildren's influence on their grandparents

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Grandparents have long been studied as agents of socialization and the mutually of the grandparent-grandchild influence has been overlooked. This chapter focuses the forgotten socialization agent of the dyad: grandchildren. Based on empirical work, the chapter describes how adolescent grandchildren, acting as buddies, companions, carers, or playmates impact on the grandparents’ health behaviours, use of IT or perception of contemporary phenomena. It is also discussed how in a time of profound changes on family, these non-adjacent generations’ relationships are more egalitarian, and also less dependent on the middle generation, parents.

Keywords: Grandchildren's influence; Socialization; Intergenerational solidarity; Grandparent-grandchild relationships; Older adults; Adolescents

Chapter.  7703 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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