Conclusions: grandparents and family policy

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:
Conclusions: grandparents and family policy

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This chapter notes that this study discovered grandparents, parents, and children often viewed grandparenting from very different perspectives. It observes that the role is extraordinarily diverse and the extent of that diversity in a sample of forty-four families is surprising. It notes that when it considered the effects of divorce on the grandparent-grandchild relationship, it discovered that grandparents' approaches and attitudes to grandparenting usually survived the impact of divorce. It concludes that the evidence of continuities in grandparents' pre- and post-divorce behaviour is more compelling than the evidence of change as the result of family break-up. It notes however, that maternal grandparents often experienced an intensification of their childcare role and some paternal grandparents discovered that contact after divorce was more difficult or, in some cases, no longer possible.

Keywords: grandparents; parents; children; grandparenting; divorce; grandparent-grandchild relationship; post-divorce behaviour; childcare role

Chapter.  6115 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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