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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Healthy grandparent, grandchild bond cuts depression risk in both

One of the biggest bliss for an elderly individual is company of a grandchild. Grandchildren are undoubtedly an extended support for their grandparents. Now there is a scientific backing to this emotional comment. Researchers have proved that people with healthy relationships with their grandparents are less likely to be depressed. The study For the purpose of the study, researchers at the Boston College analyzed data on 376 grandparents and 340 grandchildren enrolled for the Longitudinal Study of Generations between 1985 and 2004. On average, the grandparents aged 77 years, while grandchildren aged 31 years at the midpoint of the study in 1994. The participants were tracked from 1985 through 2004. Researchers found that grandparents and adult grandchildren who were emotionally attached had fewer symptoms of depression . "We found that an emotionally close grandparent-adult grandchild relationship was associated with fewer symptoms of depression for both generations," said Sara M Moor

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