Received Affection and Caregiving in the Grandparent–Grandchild Relationship

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Grounded in Affection Exchange Theory’s assumptions that affectionate communication fosters relational benefits and increases people’s likelihood of survival, this study sought to examine young adult grandchildren’s willingness to serve as their grandparents’ caregivers as a function of received affection from their grandparents. Young adult grandchildren (N = 209) independently completed a questionnaire in reference to a specific, biological grandparent. The results of a multiple regression analysis revealed partial support for the hypothesized positive relationships between grandchildren’s received affection from their grandparents and the grandchildren’s willingness to care for their grandparents. These findings are indicative of both practical and theoretical implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)392-404
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Family Issues
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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