‘Being there’: grandparents’ financial, emotional and childcare support

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:
‘Being there’: grandparents’ financial, emotional and childcare support

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This chapter examines the range and extent of support that grandparents provided for parents and grandchildren, particularly after a marriage breakdown. It explores parents' assumptions about grandparents' support roles and considers the views of grandparents and their grandchildren about the help that they provided. It discusses how far grandparents are considered to be under an obligation to provide support, and how they responded to a ‘a sense of duty’.

Keywords: grandparents; parents; grandchildren; marriage breakdown; support roles; duty

Chapter.  7148 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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