This chapter provides a brief review of the relationship between grandchild care and loneliness/social isolation among older adults. Different forms of grandchild care are discussed. The social exchange theory and role strain and role enhancement theory are employed to explain the connection between grandchild care and loneliness/social isolation. This chapter then summarizes the state of the art of the effects of grandparental care on loneliness/social isolation among older adults and proposes future research directions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLoneliness and Social Isolation in Old Age
Subtitle of host publicationCorrelates and Implications
PublisherTaylor and Francis Ltd.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781000890440
ISBN (Print)9781032265940
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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