Intergenerational relationship quality, gender, and grandparent involvement

Melissa A. Barnett, Laura V. Scaramella, Tricia K. Neppl, Lenna Ontai, Rand D. Conger

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This prospective, intergenerational study (N = 181) considered how parent (G1, Generation 1) and child (G2, Generation 2) relationship quality during adolescence and adulthood is associated with G1's level of involvement with their 3- to 4-year-old grandchildren (G3, Generation 3). Path model analyses indicated different patterns of results for the involvement of grandmothers and grandfathers with the children of their G2 sons and daughters Current parent-reported G1-G2 relationship quality was positively associated with G2 report of G1 involvement with G3, especially for G2 daughters The relations among confounding variables, including geographic distance, socioeconomic status, and grandparent marital status and grandparent involvement with grandchildren, were considered. Results highlight the roles of intergenerational relationship quality and gender configuration of the G1-G2 dyad in shaping grandparent involvement with grandchildren.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-44
Number of pages17
JournalFamily Relations
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2010


  • Grandparents
  • Intergenerational relationships
  • Parent-child relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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