Responses of young adult grandchildren to grandparents' painful self-disclosures

Craig Fowler, Jordan Soliz

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This study examined grandchildren's relational and communicative responses to grandparents' painful self-disclosures (PSDs). From the perspective of young adult grandchildren (N = 297), discomfort with PSDs is more significant in differentiating positive and negative aspects of the grandparent-grandchild relationship than simply the occurrence of such disclosures. Furthermore, results reveal that the family communication environment and communicative responsiveness of the grandchild are important factors in predicting discomfort with PSDs as well as grandchildren's communication with grandparents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-100
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Language and Social Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Aging
  • Communication accommodation theory
  • Family communication
  • Grandparent-grandchild
  • Intergenerational communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Linguistics and Language


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