The grandparent-grandchild relationship: Implications for models of intergenerational communication

Karen Anderson, Jake Harwood, Mary Lee Hummert

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We report two studies which examine the age stereotypes in interactions model of intergenerational communication. We investigate whether stereotyping processes mediate the effects of various predictors on communication outcomes. Support emerges for the mediating role of stereotyping. The studies also examine relational factors finding support for the argument that relational factors deserve more attention in models of intergenerational communication. Central variables emerging as predictive of intergenerational communication or stereotyping include perceived health of an older adult interlocutor, relational closeness, the nature of the relationship (grandparent versus older adult acquaintance), reciprocal self-disclosure, and age salience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)268-294
Number of pages27
JournalHuman Communication Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2005


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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Linguistics and Language


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