Widening the Family Circle: New Research on Family Communication, Second Edition continues to address historically under-studied family relationships, such as those involving grandparents, in-laws, cousins, stepfamilies, and adoptive parents. In this engaging text, editors Kory Floyd and Mark T. Morman bring together a diverse collection of empirical studies, theoretic essays, and critical reviews of literature on communication to constitute a stronger, more complete understanding of communication within the family.

Communication in Grandparent-Grandchild Relationships

Communication in grandparent-grandchild relationships
Jordan EliSoliz and Mei-ChenLin

Recent estimates in the United States put the population of those 65 and older at more than 40 million in 2010, an approximate 15% increase since 2000. Further, the 45- to 64-year-old population is estimated to be over 81 million, a 31.5% increase (Howden & Meyer, 2011). We are witnessing similar trends globally as evidenced by the scholarly attention devoted to aging populations in Western Europe and East Asia. Whereas the focus of public policy, public discourse, and research concerning this aging of the population has primarily been on economic and health-care issues, increasing consideration is being paid to the relational aspects of this demographic trend, specifically the increase in intergenerational relationships within the family. ...

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