Grandparents play a critical role in child-rearing both in the evolutionary history of human beings and in modern societies. The current study examined how grandparental involvement might contribute to young adults’ cognitive and social adjustment and whether grandchildren’s filial piety beliefs might moderate the impact of grandparental involvement. A total of 287 Hong Kong college students completed questionnaire measures of grandparental involvement, cognitive well-being, breadth and depth of friendships, and reciprocal and authoritarian filial piety beliefs. Results indicated that grandparental involvement was positively associated with young adults’ cognitive well-being and friendship quality even after controlling for parental influences, but only for young adults with strong filial piety beliefs. Moreover, reciprocal filial piety was a significant moderator for both cognitive well-being and friendship quality, whereas authoritarian filial piety only moderated the association between grandparental involvement and cognitive well-being. Findings highlighted the relevance of grandparental involvement in understanding youth development, and the importance of considering cultural values when investigating intergenerational interactions. Copyright © 2017 The Author(s).
Bibliographical noteLi, T., Lam, C. B., & Chan, K. K.-S. (2018). Grandparental involvement and young adults’ cognitive and social adjustment: The moderating role of filial piety in Hong Kong. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 35(7), 999-1018. doi: 10.1177/0265407517702011
- Cognitive well-being
- Filial piety
- Friendship quality
- Intergenerational relationships