Grandparenthood and Intergenerational Relationships: A Review of the Literature

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/304388
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Full-text
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Grandparenthood and Intergenerational Relationships: A Review of the Literature
Author(s):
Clemente Rodrigues, Rog'rio; Mendes, Isabel; Azeredo, Zaida; Lopes, Rosa Cristina Correia
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Phi Xi
Author Details:
Rog'rio Clemente Rodrigues, RN, PhD, rogerio@esenfc.pt; Isabel Mendes, PhD, RN; Zaida Azeredo, PhD; Rosa Cristina Correia Lopes, RN, MS
Abstract:

Session presented on: Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Purpose: To review published studies about the role of grandparenthood and the intergenerational relationship in contemporary western society.

Methods: As a result of demographic changes, the grandparent/grandchild relationship has the potential for spanning three to four decades of life. As a consequence, grandparenthood and its associated roles and relationships are achieving a growing prominence in contemporary Western society. By this way intergenerational support relationships between grandparents and grandchildren are a reality that can improve the communication among generations.

It was realised a literature review using data bases in B-On, Academic Google, and Pub-Med. The search was limited to articles published from 2000-2011 in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish languages.

Results: 45 studies were selected from 2710 articles of the Data bases. The main common themes found were: the role of grandparents as a family balance between generations, with interaction patterns of proximity, emotional closeness, and social support; mothers' intergenerational ties across lineage lines appeared to be more influential for grandparent-grandchild relationships than father. Finally, grandparents bring the sense of intergenerational family identity, positively related to well-being of all members.

Conclusion: The changes in the family structure and in the family life cycle together with the new roles and functions of each member can be a constrain of the intergeneration relationships, but the new grand-parents role on supporting and taking care of grand- children can improve the communication between generations, bringing the importance of the intergenerational relations in promoting a healthy ageing for the elder's and a healthy development for the younger's.

Keywords:
Grandparenthood; Healthy ageing; Intergenerational relationships
Repository Posting Date:
22-Oct-2013
Date of Publication:
22-Oct-2013 ; 22-Oct-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
24th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Prague, Czech Republic
Description:
24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleGrandparenthood and Intergenerational Relationships: A Review of the Literatureen
dc.contributor.authorClemente Rodrigues, Rog'rioen
dc.contributor.authorMendes, Isabelen
dc.contributor.authorAzeredo, Zaidaen
dc.contributor.authorLopes, Rosa Cristina Correiaen
dc.contributor.departmentPhi Xien
dc.author.detailsRog'rio Clemente Rodrigues, RN, PhD, rogerio@esenfc.pt; Isabel Mendes, PhD, RN; Zaida Azeredo, PhD; Rosa Cristina Correia Lopes, RN, MSen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/304388-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Wednesday, July 24, 2013</p><b>Purpose: </b>To review published studies about the role of grandparenthood and the intergenerational relationship in contemporary western society. <p><b>Methods: </b>As a result of demographic changes, the grandparent/grandchild relationship has the potential for spanning three to four decades of life. As a consequence, grandparenthood and its associated roles and relationships are achieving a growing prominence in contemporary Western society. By this way intergenerational support relationships between grandparents and grandchildren are a reality that can improve the communication among generations. <p>It was realised a literature review using data bases in B-On, Academic Google, and Pub-Med. The search was limited to articles published from 2000-2011 in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish languages. <p><b>Results: </b>45 studies were selected from 2710 articles of the Data bases. The main common themes found were: the role of grandparents as a family balance between generations, with interaction patterns of proximity, emotional closeness, and social support; mothers' intergenerational ties across lineage lines appeared to be more influential for grandparent-grandchild relationships than father. Finally, grandparents bring the sense of intergenerational family identity, positively related to well-being of all members. <p><b>Conclusion: </b>The changes in the family structure and in the family life cycle together with the new roles and functions of each member can be a constrain of the intergeneration relationships, but the new grand-parents role on supporting and taking care of grand- children can improve the communication between generations, bringing the importance of the intergenerational relations in promoting a healthy ageing for the elder's and a healthy development for the younger's.en
dc.subjectGrandparenthooden
dc.subjectHealthy ageingen
dc.subjectIntergenerational relationshipsen
dc.date.available2013-10-22T20:34:52Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22en
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-22T20:34:52Z-
dc.conference.date2013en
dc.conference.name24th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationPrague, Czech Republicen
dc.description24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.en
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