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Activities with 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/9781861344984.003.0004
Activities with grandparents

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This chapter focuses on grandchildren who have regular face-to-face contact with grandparents and the importance they and their grandparents attach to the grandparent-grandchild relationship. It notes that the interviews seek to discover what happens when grandparents and grandchildren spend time together. It suggests that it is important in accounting for grandparenting diversity to discover whether grandparents' main priorities are their adult children or their grandchildren — in other words, where they might be positioned on the adult-centred/child-centred continuum. It also notes that grandparents' personal styles and their skills in relating to children are determinants of the quality of their relationships with grandchildren and ‘fun-seekers’ are invariably the most popular grandparents.

Keywords: grandchildren; grandparents; interviews; grandparenting diversity; adult children; grandparent-grandchild relationship; personal styles; activities

Chapter.  5429 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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