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Monserud, Maria A. (2010). Continuity and Change in Grandchildren's Closeness to Grandparents: Consequences of Changing Intergenerational Ties. Marriage & Family Review, 46(5), 366-388. PMCID: PMC3041964


Drawing on data from Waves 2 and 3 of the National Survey of Families and Households, this study examines whether grandchildren's (N = 496) previous patterns of closeness to grandparents is associated with their current closeness to grandparents and whether changes in parents' intergenerational ties make a difference in the development of grandchildren's closeness to grandparents when grandchildren experience young adulthood. The findings suggest that there is a possibility for both continuity and change in grandchildren's bond to grandparents. Grandchildren's closeness to grandparents was associated not only with their earlier patterns of closeness to grandparents and with parents' concurrent relations with the grandchild and grandparent generations, but also with changes in parents' intergenerational ties over time. Also, the grandchild gender moderated linkages between certain intergenerational ties in the family.


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Marriage & Family Review


Monserud, Maria A.