Accommodation predictors of grandparent-grandchild relational solidarity in Taiwan

Mei Chen Lin, Jake Harwood

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Abstract

Grounded in communication accommodation theory, this research examined Taiwanese grandchildren's (N = 100) and grandparents' (N = 108) perceptions of communication behavior in grandparent-grandchild (GP-GC) interactions, This study investigated noncommunicative and communicative predictors of communication satisfaction, liking, and emotional closeness in the relationship. Regression analyses showed that communication accommodation behaviors accounted for significant variance in GP-GC relational solidarity. For grandchildren and grandparents, the best single predictor was their perception of their own accommodative involvement with their grandparents/grandchildren. The findings also indicated that contact frequency significantly predicted GP-GC relational solidarity. Demographic variables were not particularly effective predictors. The findings are discussed in terms of cultural differences in GP-GC relationships and communication accommodation theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)537-563
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2003

Keywords

  • Culture and accommodation behavior
  • Family communication
  • Grandparent-grandchild relations
  • Taiwan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Communication
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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