Affectionate Communication and Relational Characteristics in the Grandparent-Grandchild Relationship

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The purpose of this study was to test Affection Exchange Theory (AET) in the grandparent-grandchild (GP-GC) relationship. Specifically, it was hypothesized that grandchildren's reports of received affection from their grandparents would be associated positively with the grandchildren's perceived GP-GC relational characteristics (i.e., trust, commitment, and control mutuality). To that end, 220 young adult grandchildren (i.e., 18-25 years old) completed a series of questionnaires in reference to their relationship with a specific grandparent. The results of multiple regression analyses largely supported the predictions. The findings obtained in this study bolster AET's utility in the context of GP-GC relationships and establish factorial and construct validity of the newly developed Grandchildren's Received Affection Scale.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-60
Number of pages14
JournalCommunication Reports
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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