Great-Grandparents’ Role Perception and Its Contribution to Their Quality of Life

Ahuva Even-Zohar, Ayala (Tzurit) Garby

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The study examined the perception of role among 103 great-grandparents in Israel and its contribution to their quality of life. In line with the hypotheses, findings have shown that when great-grandparenting was experienced as meaningful and as important to keeping the family together, it increased the motivation for making a greater personal investment in the role. With regard to contact with a specific great-grandchild, the results revealed that the emotional closeness dimension was a mediator between the behavioral dimension and quality of life of great-grandparents. In addition, married great-grandmothers who lived close to their great-grandchildren had frequent contact with them. Research results highlight the practical need to encourage direct relationships between the two generations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-219
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Intergenerational Relationships
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2 Jul 2016


  • Great-grandparents
  • great-grandchildren
  • quality of life
  • role


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