Grandparents and grandchildren (review of foreign studies)



The article reviews foreign studies of intergenerational relationships. It analyzes grandchild-grandparent relations, as well as the figure of the grandparent and his/her understanding of his/her role in the system of relations with family members belonging to different generations. Putting a figure belonging to the older generation of the family in the spotlight made it possible to look for and find new factors that determine the nature and quality of the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren. The article also examines the specificity of interrelations between grandchildren and grandparents living in extended families or separately from their children and grandchildren.

General Information

Keywords: child-grandparent relations, grandparents, grandchildren, grandparents living apart, extended families

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology and Age-Related Psychology

Article type: review article


For citation: Bulygina M.V., Komarova S.V. Grandparents and grandchildren (review of foreign studies) [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2019. Vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 97–105. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2019080410. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Maria V. Bulygina, PhD in Psychology, associate professor at the chair of child and family psychotherapy department of psychological counseling, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Svetlana V. Komarova, student in the master’s program «Child and family psychotherapy», department of psychological counseling, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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