This research was supported by grant no, 80–109 from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to E. Mavis Hetherington and W. Glenn Clingempeel. The authors wish to express their appreciation to the MacArthur Foundation for their continuing support of this project. We also thank Leslie Angel for her role as coordinator of the data collection process, the interviewers at Temple University for collecting this extensive data base, the research team at the University of Virginia for data entry, S. Rajagopal for SIR retrievals, and Ginger Ridgill for her role in the preparation of this manuscript.
Children's Relationships with Maternal Grandparents: A Longitudinal Study of Family Structure and Pubertal Status Effects
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
Volume 63, Issue 6, pages 1404–1422, December 1992
How to Cite
Clingempeel, W. G., Colyar, J. J., Brand, E. and Hetherington, E. M. (1992), Children's Relationships with Maternal Grandparents: A Longitudinal Study of Family Structure and Pubertal Status Effects. Child Development, 63: 1404–1422. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.1992.tb01704.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
This longitudinal study assessed the effects of parents' marital transitions and pubertal development on grandparent-grandchild relationships. 9- to 13-year-old children, their mothers, and maternal grandparents from 186 Caucasian, middle-class families including 73 intact families, 64 mother-custody, single-parent families and 49 stepfamilies completed questionnaires focusing on the degree of children's “relationship involvement” (perceived closeness and frequency of contact) with maternal grandparents at 2 time periods 13 months apart. Children also completed questionnaires 9 months later during a third interview. Grandparents, and especially grandfathers, were more involved with grandchildren from single-parent families (supporting the “latent function” hypothesis). The pubertal status results supported the “emotional distancing” hypothesis for grandfather-granddaughter relationships (higher pubertal status, less involvement) and the “stress buffer” hypothesis for grandsons' relationships with both grandparents (greater change in physical development, more involvement and greater perceived closeness).