AARP study finds that today’s grandparents are more accepting of LGBTI grandchildren

AARP study finds that today’s grandparents are more accepting of LGBTI grandchildren
4 in 5 of today's grandparents would be accepting of an LGBTI grandchild, according to AARP

A study by AARP (American Association of Retired Persons), an organization supporting elders, found that today’s grandparents are more open-minded when it comes to LGBTI grand kids.

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The online survey was conducted between 20 August and 4 September 2018. The results were published April 2019. The survey included 2,654 grandparents ages 38 and up.

According to the study, 4 in 5 of today’s grandparents would be accepting of an LGBTI grandchild

‘In contrast to former generations, today’s grandparents are more accepting of their grandchildren’s different sexualities as well, with a majority saying they would support an LGBT grandchild,’ the report states.

The study shows that today’s grandparents value gender equality and raising girls to be strong and independent. To the question ‘It is important to raise girls to be strong/independent women,’ 42% of respondents agreed, and 49% strongly agreed.

To the question, ‘If my grandchild came out as LGBT, I would accept him/her regardless,’ 46% agreed and 42% strongly agreed.

43% of respondents agreed with the notion that girls and boys should be raised the same.

Non-binary identities

However, it seems the idea of non-binary gender identities is still something many grandparents are struggling to grasp. Only 28% agreed that they’d support a non-binary grandchild (plus 9% marking ‘strongly agree’). On the other side, 29% disagreed and 25% strongly disagreed.

Anything else?

The survey covered many other topics. For instance, having mixed race grandchildren, parenting styles of today, financial support of grand kids, and time spent with grandchildren. Additionally, the survey found that today’s grandparents are welcoming of the internet as a source of information and communication. Eight in ten Boomer and Gen-X grandparents prefer online channels.

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Author: Rafaella Gunz

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