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What do we already know about grandparents?

Neil Ferguson, Gillian Douglas, Nigel Lowe, Mervyn Murch and Margaret Robinson

in Grandparenting in divorced families

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9781861344984
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302452 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861344984.003.0002
What do we already know about grandparents?

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This chapter argues that research has progressed imperfectly but has now reached a stage in its development when it is important to ask new questions. It explains that these must go beyond the establishment of correlations between grandparent characteristics (age, gender, distance from grandchild's home, and so forth) and begin to look at the causes and effects of grandparenting behaviour. It establishes from the outset what is known about grandparents and grandparenting.

Keywords: research; correlations; grandparent characteristics; causes and effects; grandparenting behaviour

Chapter.  5267 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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