Grandparenthood and the changing nature of social relationships

Da JIANG, Michael C. H. CHAN, Minjie LU, Helene H. FUNG

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In this current entry, grandparenthood is defined as the role that older people play as grandparents in a family.
Social relationships are associated with subjective physical and mental health outcomes in adulthood. As they age though, they experience changes in their preferences for social partners and the composition of their social network. In this entry, they first introduce age-related changes in social relationships in terms of their closeness and type. Then, they focus on a relationship that is particularly prevalent and important in older adulthood, i.e., grandparenthood. They discuss factors that may influence the meaning of grandparenthood and grandparenting behaviors, focusing specifically on gender and culture, and the outcomes of grandparenthood. Copyright © 2017 Springer Science+Business Media Singapore.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of geropsychology
EditorsNancy A. PACHANA
Place of PublicationSingapore
ISBN (Print)9789812870803
Publication statusPublished - 2017


Jiang, D., Chan, M. C. H., Lu, M., & Fung, H. H. (2017). Grandparenthood and the changing nature of social relationships. In N. A. Pachana (Ed.), Encyclopedia of geropsychology (Vol. 2, pp. 972-978). Singapore: Springer.


  • Life satisfaction
  • Social partner
  • Emotional closeness
  • Intergenerational relationships
  • Social network size


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