Styles of Grandparenting

Styles of Grandparenting

In a survey of 510 grandparents, Cherlin and Furstenburg (1992) identified three styles of grandparenting: remote, companionate, and involved. Grandparents with remote relationships saw their grandchildren so infrequently that their relationship was mainly ritualistic and symbolic. Grandparents who maintained a companionate relationship with their grandchildren focused on emotionally satisfying, leisure-time activities, and emphasized that they had no right to tell their married children what to do. Involved grandparents took an active role in rearing grandchildren, frequently behaving more like parents than grandparents. They were in almost daily contact with their grandchildren.

Think about your own relationship with your grandparents. What style of grandparenting do you consider that your maternal grandparents (or grandparent) exhibited? Click in the response box below.

Remote

Companionate

Involved

What style of grandparenting do you consider that your paternal grandparents (or grandparent) exhibited? Click in the response box below.

Remote

Companionate

Involved

What is your race/ethnicity?

African American

American Indian

Asian

Caucasian

Hispanic

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1. Which type of grandparenting style was most commonly reported by:

African-American students?
American-Indian students?
Asian students?
Caucasian students?
Hispanic students?


2. What social factors do you think will affect grandparenting styles in the future?



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