Teun Geurts and Theo G. van Tilburg, Department of Sociology, VU University Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands;
The grandparent–grandchild relationship in childhood and adulthood: A matter of continuation?
Article first published online: 25 APR 2011
Copyright © 2011 IARR
Volume 19, Issue 2, pages 267–278, June 2012
How to Cite
GEURTS, T., VAN TILBURG, T. G. and POORTMAN, A.-R. (2012), The grandparent–grandchild relationship in childhood and adulthood: A matter of continuation?. Personal Relationships, 19: 267–278. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2011.01354.x
This study is based on data collected in the context of the “Living Arrangements and Social Networks of Older Adults” and “Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam” research programs. These programs are conducted at the VU University in Amsterdam and supported predominantly by the Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sports, Directorate of Long-Term Care.
Elaine Scharfe served as the guest editor for this manuscript.
- Issue published online: 23 MAY 2012
- Article first published online: 25 APR 2011
This study examined whether grandparents perceive adult grandchildren as frequent and important contacts by analyzing network membership. It additionally examined whether this network membership is related to relationship intensity during childhood. Network membership was assessed in 1992 (397 grandparents, 1,594 adult grandchildren) and at the 2005–2006 follow-up (155 grandparents, 429 adult grandchildren) from the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam. Relationship intensity during childhood was assessed in 1992. One out of 4 grandparents identified at least 1 adult grandchild in their personal network. Adult grandchildren who had an intense relationship with their grandparents during childhood were more often in grandparents' network than others. An intense relationship during childhood promotes continuation of the relationship into adulthood and might contribute to grandparent's support potential.