The Socio-psychological Well-Being of Grandparents

  • Peerasit KamnuansilpaEmail author
  • Leng Leng Thang
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 47)


Understanding what contributes to the well-being of older people and the ways to promote this is undoubtedly an important area of enquiry, especially in a steadily ageing society. It is common to associate successful ageing with psychological well-being (Baltes and Carstensen 1996) and quality of life. What constitutes psychological well-being may vary across cultures. As discovered in a study by Ingersoll-Dayton et al. (2004) exploring culturally relevant measures of psychological well-being, the conceptualisation of psychological well-being amongst Thai elders differs distinctly from those identified by Western scholars. Whilst the conceptualisation of selfhood as independent and autonomous is highly valued in the Western context (Ryff and Keyes 1995), Thai elders are instead found to conceptualise well-being, centring on the family and valuing acceptance by others, interdependence and harmonious relationships. These values also parallel the perception of the self in relation to others in Asian cultures (Fiske et al. 1998; Oerter et al. 1996).


Sport Club Maternal Grandmother Intergenerational Relationship Maternal Grandfather Lifelong Learning Programme 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Local AdministrationKhon Kaen UniversityKhon KaenThailand
  2. 2.Department of Japanese StudiesNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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