(Re)constructing relationships with grandparents: a turning point analysis of granddaughters' relational development with maternal grandmothers. Academic Article uri icon


  • This study explores how granddaughters account for the development of their relationships with their maternal grandmothers. The retrospective interviewing technique was used to elicit turning points in their relational histories. Analysis of the turning point content revealed several different types of turning points that reflected both normative and idiosyncratic events. Increases in relational closeness resulted from decreases in geographic separation, engaging in shared activities, deaths or serious illnesses in the family, and family disruptions. Decreases in closeness were associated with negative experiences with the grandmother, increases in geographic separation, and the transition to college. Granddaughters reported that turning points related to death or serious illness and participation in shared activities were the most significant ones in their relationships with maternal grandmothers.

published proceedings

  • Int J Aging Hum Dev

author list (cited authors)

  • Holladay, S., Lackovich, R., Lee, M., Coleman, M., Harding, D., & Denton, D.

citation count

  • 24

complete list of authors

  • Holladay, S||Lackovich, R||Lee, M||Coleman, M||Harding, D||Denton, D

publication date

  • June 1998