New Research Shows Grandparents Can Help Influence How Giving You Are

December 10, 2018  |  

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Most of the time our biological or adopted parents get credit for how we turn out as adults, but a new study coming out of England says that our grandparents may play a key role in our development as well.

Research from Phys.org showed a correlation between teenagers’ relationship to their grandparents and their desire to do altruistic acts.

“More than a quarter of teenagers in the study said that they did at least one activity to help other people or the environment often,” the report reads.

“While nearly two thirds said they did at least one activity either often or sometimes. Of these, the most popular activity was providing support for people who are not friends or relatives – for example helping out at a local foodbank – followed by giving time to a charity or cause.”

Expectedly, teenagers explained their relationships with their mothers had the biggest impact on their desire to be giving or community minded, but having a close relationship with a grandparent was also important. Researchers found that having a positive relationship with both parents and grandparents doubled the likelihood that the offspring would engage in altruistic acts.

In the study, grandmas had more impact then grandfathers.

“When asked to focus on the grandparent they saw most often, four out of five of the teenage group said it was a female grandparent (mother’s mother or father’s father). This finding gives strong support to arguments made by feminist scholars for better recognition of the role of women in civil society, and of the domestic or personal domain as a political space,” the research explains.

The study definitely supports the idea that it “takes a village” to rear happy, healthy children. The role of grandparents in the development of their grandkids should not be undermined when it comes to raising children.

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