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Contemporary grandparentingChanging family relationships in global contexts$
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Sara Arber and Virpi Timonen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781847429681

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847429681.001.0001

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Understanding adolescent grandchildren's influence on their grandparents

Understanding adolescent grandchildren's influence on their grandparents

(p.203) Ten Understanding adolescent grandchildren's influence on their grandparents
Contemporary grandparenting

Alice Delerue Matos

Rita Borges Neves

Policy Press

Grandparents have long been studied as agents of socialization and the mutually of the grandparent-grandchild influence has been overlooked. This chapter focuses the forgotten socialization agent of the dyad: grandchildren. Based on empirical work, the chapter describes how adolescent grandchildren, acting as buddies, companions, carers, or playmates impact on the grandparents’ health behaviours, use of IT or perception of contemporary phenomena. It is also discussed how in a time of profound changes on family, these non-adjacent generations’ relationships are more egalitarian, and also less dependent on the middle generation, parents.

Keywords:   Grandchildren's influence, Socialization, Intergenerational solidarity, Grandparent-grandchild relationships, Older adults, Adolescents

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