New York: An emotionally close relationship between grandparents and their grandkids may ward off depression in both, a new study has found.US researchers found that grandparents and grandchildren have real, measurable effects on each other`s psychological well-being long into grandchildren`s adulthood."We found that an emotionally close grandparent-adult grandchild relationship was associated with fewer symptoms of depression for both generations," said Sara M Moorman, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Boston College."The greater emotional support grandparents and adult grandchildren received from one another, the better their psychological health," Moorman said.The study also found that giving tangible support to or receiving it from their grandchildren affected the psychological well-being of grandparents but not grandchildren.Tangible support, also called functional solidarity or instrumental support, includes anything from rides to the store and money to assistance with household chores and advice.
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