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Love Around Us

The Role of Love in Education, Parenting, and Romantic Relationships

Edited By Kaarina Määttä and Satu Uusiautti

Love is the most important resource of every human being’s life. The authors examine what kind of roles love might have in different phases of life. They discuss how love makes life more meaningful and enjoyable. However, there are still love-related themes that are not so easy to discuss or accept. This book provides research-based analyses about the different roles of love including forms that have aroused contradictory feelings and prejudices, such as falling in love in the old age and love in people with intellectual disability are discussed. The book serves as a textbook for studies in psychology, education, and other fields in human sciences.

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Chapter 5. The Multiformity of Grandparental Love (Eeva-Leena Maijala / Kaarina Määttä / Satu Uusiautti)

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Eeva-Leena Maijala, Kaarina Määttä, & Satu Uusiautti

Chapter 5 The Multiformity of Grandparental Love

Abstract: In this study, Finnish grandparents revealed how they perceive grandparenthood. The multiformity of grandparenthood illustrated as a typology with grandparental love and grandparents’ resources as the main dimensions.

Introduction

Grandparenthood involves a variety of roles and dimensions that all affect how grandparents raise and nurture their grandchildren. Grandparenthood is a part of lifespan where grandmothers and grandfathers get plenty of resources from their grandchildren and create a good and harmonious life. Grandparenthood can be dissected both as the supporter and as the connector of intergenerational relationships. Usually, grandparenthood is perceived positively. At least, being a grandparent to at least one grandchild was associated positively and statistically significantly with individuals reporting to be very satisfied with life overall in a wide study in the United Kingdom (Powdthavee, 2011). This notion is, indeed, important but grandparenthood itself has changed dramatically during the decades (Sciplino, Smith, Hurme, Rusek, & Bäckvik, 2010). Today’s grandparents are healthier than before, live longer, and are more educated than their antecedents. These factors have enhanced the interaction between generations. In addition, long distances do not estrange generations from each other in the same way today than before because of the development in information and communication technology (ICT) and connections (Hirsjärvi & Laurinen, 1998).

Today’s increasing interest in grandparenthood and intergenerational relationships may be explained with several reasons....

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