Transmission of values between a group of grandmothers and adult-granddaughters
Seponski, Desiree Michele
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This generative study, informed by grounded theory, examines the transmission of values between grandmothers and adult-granddaughters, including how these values are transmitted bi-directionally and which values are age salient. Past research has been restricted to a unidirectional approach of transmission of values from older generation to younger generation. The majority of past studies support that youth look to elders for guidance on life, values, and moral development. Few studies have ventured to consider a bi-directional process, where the elder also benefits from the relationship. Data gathering for this study began with a focus group to pilot the interview guide followed by semi-structured interviews with four grandmother-granddaughter dyads. Data indicate that grandmothers and adult-granddaughters experience a change in their relationship when the granddaughter reaches adulthood, that the relationship is mutually beneficial, that both generations learn from exchanges within the relationship, and that both grandmothers and granddaughters influence one another’s personal identity.