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Grandparenting in divorced families$
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Neil Ferguson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344984

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344984.001.0001

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Conclusions: grandparents and family policy

Conclusions: grandparents and family policy

(p.131) Twelve Conclusions: grandparents and family policy
Grandparenting in divorced families

Neil Ferguson

Gillian Douglas

Nigel Lowe

Mervyn Murch

Margaret Robinson

Policy Press

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

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