Communication media use in the grandparent-grandchild relationship

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This study surveyed college-aged grandchildren as to the frequency of their communication with a grandparent using various media. Face-to-face (FtF) and telephone communication were used more frequently than written media, but all were used fairly frequently. Communication using all media was more frequent when the grandparent or grandchild initiated interaction as opposed to the parent. Relationships in which the grandparent initiated contact featured more use of written media (letters, e-mail, cards). Frequency of communication using all media was positively associated with relational quality. Telephone communication best predicted relational quality when use of other media was controlled. In this paper, I discuss implications for media richness theory, the communication predicament of aging model, and future research on grandparent-grandchild relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-78
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Communication
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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