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Isabelle Albert and Dieter Ferring

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300984

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300984.001.0001

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Grandparent-grandchild relations in a changing society: different types and roles

Grandparent-grandchild relations in a changing society: different types and roles

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(p.147) Nine Grandparent-grandchild relations in a changing society: different types and roles
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Intergenerational relations
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Isabelle Albert

Dieter Ferring

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300984.003.0010

This chapter gives an overview of research regarding grandparent-grandchild relations from childhood to early adulthood. It starts with reflections on the public image of grandparents and on changes in grandparenthood due to the socio-demographic developments of the last decades. A general description of characteristics of today's grandparents is provided, summarising research on grandparental types and roles, and discussing functions and meanings of grandparents and grandchildren for each other in different stages of their lives. Further, the applicability of concepts such as intergenerational solidarity and ambivalence for the study of grandparent-grandchild relations is investigated. Also, a prospective view on future developments regarding current issues is given (for example, postponement of parenthood, the role of grandparents as custodial parents, the effects of socioeconomic developments, changed gender roles, the impact of new communication technologies on grandparent-grandchild relations).

Keywords:   grandparent-grandchild relations, grandparenthood, types, roles, meanings, solidarity, ambivalence

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