It seems like a given that having grandparents in a child’s life is a good thing but now science is backing this up with a new fascinating study. The academic journal, The Gerontologist published a new study called Solidarity in the Grandparent–Adult Grandchild Relationship and Trajectories of Depressive Symptoms in which it looked closely at how a relationship between grandparents and grandchildren can help prevent or diminish depression. And the results are truly heartwarming.
The purpose of the study was to identify ways in which relationships between grandparents and grandchildren can be influential especially given that people are living longer and these special kinds of relationships are not only becoming more common but are seeming to last longer than in previous generations. Specifically, researchers wanted to see if a close relationship could positively affect depressive symptoms. Turns out these relationships do!
The study used a sample size of 374 grandparents and 356 grandchildren who were observed from 1985 through 2004.
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