A good number of people absolutely adore their grandparents, and the grandparents love and spoil rotten their grandkids. Turns out, the relationship between a grandparent and grandkids is much more beneficial than we knew.
New research suggests that having a close relationship with a grandmother and grandfather can literally reduce the risk of a child becoming depressed.
The study published online in the journal The Gerontologist, included 356 children and 373 grandparents. Boston College researchers analyzed the subsequent data over a period of 19 years. The results of the study suggest that a child is less likely to become depressed if they’ve been close to their grandparents.
This is because grandparents provide stability and emotional security for their grandchildren unlike any they can get elsewhere.
What’s more, the benefits of having a close relationship between kids and their grandparents go the other way too. Grandparents who share close relationships with their grandchildren are also less likely to show symptoms of depression.
Another study from the University of Oxford found that close bonds between grandparents and their grandchildren helped the children be better when it came to coping with traumatic life experiences like bullying at school or a divorce in later life.
“If parents regularly involve grandparents in their child’s life early on, a child can develop real emotional closeness to the grandparents and begin to see the grandparent as a source of strong social support. So a child will feel that they have other adults, aside from their parents, who love and care about them in the same way, and this adds to their sense of stability and security.” Kimberley Agresta, a clinical social worker, says.
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