Grandparenting in divorced families: rights and policies

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:
Grandparenting in divorced families: rights and policies

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This chapter investigates grandparenting that took place in a broad range of family circumstances and does not have a particular focus on families in conflict. It explores the feelings of a small number of grandparents who are deprived of contact and comments on their strategies for coping with the problem. It notes that Cherlin and Furstenberg (1992), borrowing a phrase from Troll, describe grandparents as the ‘family watchdogs’. It further notes that these authors explain that the extended family comes into its own at times of crisis and not at times of ‘health and prosperity’.

Keywords: grandparenting; conflict; coping; Cherlin; Troll; extended family; health

Chapter.  3508 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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