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Grandmother-grandchild relationships and the role of the middle generation: A cross-cultural perspective.
Friedlmeier, Mihaela; Albert, Isabelle; Trommsdorff, Gisela
2011IACCP Regional Conference


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Keywords :
grandparents; grandchildren; middle generation; USA; Turkey; China; Germany; Value-of-Children Study
Abstract :
[en] Recent studies underlined the importance of grandparent-grandchild ties, but the quality of relations varies across cultures. Parents as middle generation may play a mediating role, e.g., by regulating contact frequency and exchanged support. The present study aims to explore the mediating role of mothers for the relationship between maternal grandmothers and grandchildren in cultural contexts with different family norms and kinship systems. A sample of N = 489 family-triads (adolescents, mothers, maternal grandmothers) from USA, Germany, China and Turkey participating in the Value-of-Children study reported on their relationship quality and intergenerational support provision. Analyses showed that the relationship quality of mothers to their own mothers was related to the grandmother-grandchild relation in all countries included. Further, results partly suggested an indirect effect of social support provided by adult daughters on the grandmother-grandchild relationship. Findings are discussed within the framework of intergenerational relations throughout the lifespan from a cross-cultural perspective.
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Social & behavioral sciences, psychology: Multidisciplinary, general & others
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Author, co-author :
Friedlmeier, Mihaela;  Grand Valley State University, MI, USA
Albert, Isabelle  ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE)
Trommsdorff, Gisela;  University of Konstanz, Germany
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Title :
Grandmother-grandchild relationships and the role of the middle generation: A cross-cultural perspective.
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Event name :
IACCP Regional Conference
Event place :
Istanbul, Turkey
Event date :
June 30-July 3, 2011
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Name of the research project :
VOC - Value of Children and Intergenerational Relations
Funders :
DFG - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft [DE]
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